The battle between books and movies

But that’s the thing, books are superior in some ways and films are superior in others, you can’t compare these two. If one picture worth 1000 words, it’s like comparing how many picture in the movie to how many word in the book.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a book enthusiast but also movie lover. And I stated it before, books depend on your visual imagination, and this is also a limitation, you cannot necessarily recreate what the author is thinking, while in movies the creator can show you things you could never imagine yourself.

If you’re an imaginative person you will say that books contain so many details that get lost when converted to film and, worse yet, sometimes completely alter key aspects of the plot. I’m not saying that person who loved books more could be smarter, snob or more complex. But that’s the point of creating movies. A book can be read over a period of days, or weeks, or even months, allowing the reader to really absorb and think about the themes of the book. A movie is usually an hour and half and is to be consumed in one sitting. So yeah, movies generally are being easier to consume than books, they both have their merits.

But, in a movies, the directors have to build, even digitally, the scene, the plots, the actions. Adding better sound effects and soundtrack that can help us enjoying the directors interpretation. Movies are very great for observer because it brings whole worlds to life before our eyes, make characters into living, breathing flesh and blood, and let you observe everything while books are very great for imaginative person that let you live in it without any limits.

Movies are undoubtedly more aesthetically pleasing to watch, and assists greatly in the promotion of a book or the globalisation of a story because movie is much more accessible to the general population, especially those who flinch at the sight of a book. But books are magic, you can be a whole other person in this completely new and amazing world, even if only for two hundred pages.

It is still up to the individual to decide which they prefer, as both book and movie have their singular merits. This is a contest that can’t be won by pitting the two mediums against each other in a ring and waiting for the knockout punch.


Sudah mau tiga puluh tapi tetap lucu kinyis-kinyis. Kinyis-kinyisnya sudah mutlak, lucunya masih dalam tahap diusahakan.

One thought on “The battle between books and movies

  • September 23, 2015 at 11:23

    I generally prefer books, but I agree: movies and books have their own strength. You should be able to enjoy both.


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