Thursday, May 22, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Books vs. Movies

Booking Through Thursday

Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie?

Yes, I would say that's true. Here's some differences between the two, for me anyway:

Books use your imagination much much more. In movies, it's all done for you.

Books are quiet. Movies are loud.

Books go much deeper into the characters and situations. Movies only scratch the suface with what's really going on.
Books are an "alone" experience. Movies are a social experience.
Books stimulate the brain. Movies stimulate the senses.
Books are more fulfilling, like you've actually accomplished something. Movies are more of a time filler, something you can fit in between everything else.
However, both are very entertaining. Both are great ways to escape the real world. Both are fun and enjoyable.
Books and movies? Yeah... I love 'em both!


  1. I love them both as well! But there are plenty of movies out there that will stimulate your brain just as much as a good book!

  2. Books and movies are very different. Books do allow the imagination to run wild and examine things in depth, while movies can reveal connections that may not come across in books through a combination of acting, images, effects, music and other sounds.

    I love both genres, and both can stimulate the mind, though I think more often than not, movies are more about escapism and mindless entertainment, particularly the big blockbuster movies. There is nothing wrong with that mind you.

    I'm not of the mind to watch movies much these days. I guess that has something to do with my disgust with commercialism and a lack of good movies on the market. I would rather pick up a good book any day, though I do appreciate those well done movies that are based on books.

  3. This is one of the best answers I've seen so far. They both have their place, but I think books are more interactive while movies are more passive. Also, you don't hear people say, "This movie touched me so much!"...while you often hear people say that about books. :D

  4. Me, too – I like them both. But I think your point about books being more fulfilling is very true. Even if the film is really entertaining and thought-provoking, watching it doesn't give me the same feeling of accomplishment that I get when I've finished a good book.

  5. Nice range of contrasts. I think we are often not comparing like to like mainstream films are often catering for a lower common denominator then say even middle brow books

  6. Movies leave room for the imagination. If they didn't, there wouldn't be so much fanfic out there. Happy BTT.

  7. Thanks for all the comments people. It's been fun to compare these two favorite activites of mine!

  8. Yeah me too, i like them both;o)



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