Five Compelling Reasons Books are Better Than Movie Adaptations 

Have you ever come across an adaptation of a movie, and you feel so bad that it did not reflect the book attempting to adapt well enough? That’s what I thought. 

Books are better than movies. That’s not a commercial statement. It is the truth. Books are more informative, intriguing, and meaningful than movies. 

They paint a fuller, more nuanced picture of what’s going on and they often include details that get left out of the movie. Examples of these can be found in the movie adaptations of books like Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie, The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.

To further prove my point, I’ve collected five reasons why books are better than movie adaptations:

  • Books are more detailed.

In the most detailed and exciting way, books are cautious in revealing scenes, feelings and dialogues. Here, the reader understands each character, their point of view and their meaning. A film adaptation is not the same. In movies, what the viewers see are the big scenes. The amount of clarity and cast details are minimal.

  • Books create room for readers’ imaginations.

Every reader is free to imagine what they think a specific scenario could be with books. They are permitted to create imagery. Each reader has a unique way of identifying an image, picturing how a book’s characters should look. In film adaptations, this is entirely different. There is simply no space for readers’ imaginations, just allowing audiences to see what the filmmakers want them to see. It’s boring to see that a character you’ve been dreaming about doing and behaving this way isn’t doing it.

  • They’re cheaper and portable.

 Reading a book does not require any stress at all. Once you have good lighting and a comfortable reading atmosphere, you are good to go. Books are less expensive, and you can get one from a library, even if you have no cash to buy a book. Books do not need electricity and do not show advertisements as TV does. You could take them with you anywhere.

  • Allows you to read at your own pace

Not everybody is a quick read. Some are relatively slow because they read that way, while others deliberately decrease their rate to enjoy their reading time. Therefore, it is neither transcendental nor moving. Films do not create space for this. There is no opportunity for you to savour the moments and flow with the storyline as you would with books. 

  • Financial Gain

 We saw films that attempted to adapt a book but failed because enough content was missing. Filmmakers are most often worried about the money they would make from a movie using such and such popular actors that they do not take note of every detail of the book they will adapt.

Now that you have gotten to this point, I hope you are convinced that you should opt for books instead of movie adaptations. Better still, start with the book if you must watch the film. Quick advice: before you judge a book by its movie, always read the book before the movie!

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