Why you should read the book before watching the movie (Better…
Why you should read the book before watching the movie
Events taking place
How the characters feel or think
Describtions in books really tell the mood and feel of what is going on or what it looks like
"One of my top arguments for why I will always prefer books is that books actually allow you to know what the characters are thinking or feeling. In movies, you have to rely on two things: 1) a character telling you what they (or others) are thinking or feeling, or 2) the subtext you can pick up from the performance of the actor." -Emily Ginter, an English major at the University of Wisconsin.
Movies consist of mostly telling the story through dialog, but in books we have descriptions of backstories and added knowledge and insite to what the character is thinking or feeling.
Cut/added scenes or plots
"Not only does it not make sense for watchers unknown to the novels, people assume that's how it was supposed to end and are completely put off the film franchise and the books because they think that it's rubbish." -Lauren Victoria, writer at CREATORS.CO
I understand that it can be hard to fit the whole idea of the book into a two hour movie, but sometimes the scenes cut are important if you would like to really understand and get into the story.
Movies may cut parts of the backstory or prologue, which makes it a little harder to realize what is going on and why
This is apperant in one of my favorite books,
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
. When they turned it into a movie, they changed how Lena and Kostos met and the relationship between each other's grandparents
"Everyone depicts things differently, so unless the author is breathing down the film director’s neck, you’ll be getting what the director’s envisioned while keeping it at an allotted time." Ashley N. Mayo, a journalism major at Georgia State University.
Directors might view the idea or theme of the book differently than the author
Directors might envision setting or looks of the carachters different that the author
Directors might give their own little twist on the book
COUNTER ARGUMENT: seeing the movie first allows you to see what the characters and the scenery look like
You can have the image of what they look like in your head as you read
From watching the movie you can understand what the setting and scenery look like
MY RESPONSE: I beleive that envisioning the characters the way you want is part of the fun of reading a book. Authors give (or at least they should) lots of details and descriptive language that helps us to imagine what everything looks like. If you watch the movie and see what the actor who plays them looks like, you won't get the experience of creating the image yourself.
"Books allow you to be more creative and imagine the characters, places, scenes and so on, the way you want to. Everyone can have their own interpretation of things when they read, because there is no right or wrong one. In movies, all of the work is done for you with the set choice of actors and other visual details. And not everything or everyone chosen for a movie lines up with what the readers pictured in their minds, which can be a major source of discord for the more loyal book fans." -Emily Ginter, an English major at the University of Wisconsin.
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