Thursday, May 22, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Books vs Movies

This week's BTT topic:
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?

Well, of course, not all books or all films tell stories. But we all know that, so I won't elaborate.

This question was hard for me to answer because I really felt that comparing books and movies would be a little like comparing apples and aardvarks. They just seem like completely different life forms.

So I had to do a little considering. And after thinking about it for a while, I'm pretty sure that basically what I want from both books and movies is to be entertained and/or amused. Or, failing that, at least mentally engaged for a period of time. It's also nice if they affect me emotionally and ultimately leave me with a fresh perspective or way of thinking about the world, but that's asking a lot and doesn't happen very often.

As a "bookish" person, my first impulse was to say I much prefer books to movies, and feel they have greater potential for emotional and intellectual impact. But to be honest, a good film can affect me just as strongly as a good book can. So while I think of them as very different entities, I guess I'd have to say that what I expect from them is not really so dissimilar after all.


  1. Joy, that's basically the way I saw the question. To me.. I want to be entertained. Saying that... if I go to a movie based on a book I love, I want enough time to lapse so I don't compare them.

  2. I watch movies which don't have stories ie..action movies or slapstick humour. For intellectual stimulation, I read. Any time, anywhere.

    Here is my BTT post!

  3. I cam to pretty much the same conclusion, especially as I'm a plot driven reader and it's mostly the plot that seems to drive films as well.

  4. Thanks for visiting. Hope you come back for another visit.

  5. thanks for visiting!! I would have to agree with you - entertainment is the name of the game! But sometimes my book person looks nothing like the film person - the casting director should be fired!!

  6. Two sides of the same coin. Both there to entertain and, as you said, mentally engage us.
    Jane Austin Bookclub was a VERY good movie. I read the book first and found it entertaining but the movie was Wonderful!


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