Saturday, July 26, 2014

Books are better than movies. Discuss

Books are written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers while movies are a recording of moving images that tells a story and that people watch on a screen or television. Books are better than movies not only because we can have in-depth understanding of the characters and the plot, but also because books provide different experience to different people. Additionally, reading boosts our confidence, and thus improve our personality. On the contrary, movies consume less time, are easier to understand and are suitable for wider range of audience.

Books give different experience to different readers while movies are similar to almost everyone. In other words, books let you be the director. While reading a person is creating his or her own movie and he decides how the characters speak, what the surrounding looks like and so on. This process of imagining and interpreting as a reader is a creative process which makes every reader have dissimilar experience with the same book. For example: while reading “the alchemist” my “Santiago” is different from everyone else’s Santiago and I enjoy every plot in my own way. One the other hand, while watching a movie, we watch through the perspective of director which is alike for everyone.

Understanding characters and plots is comprehensive and complete while reading a book. As books are more narrative we can understand what is going on in characters’ head and the overall action of the character. For instance, if we compare the Harry Potter book and the movie we can see how the books are more descriptive and expressive. While converting the books into movies a huge chunk of story and other details are removed which makes the plot shallower.

In addition to that, good book is a good teacher and a friend. Reading books can help us improve our writing skills as well as enhancing our personalities. Everything we read fills up our head with every bit of information which makes us better-equipped to tackle any challenges in life. Moreover, you are exposed to newer words which will inevitably make their way to your everyday vocabulary. Being articulate and expressive is of great help in any profession. Also, researches have shown that reading books improve our memory, analytical thinking skills, focus and concentration. Thus, books can be of enormous help, like a good friend, to boosts our self-esteem.

Nevertheless, movies are for everyone. Even the illiterate people and children can understand movies. Moreover, a movie requires less time for viewing, whereas a book of same plot takes more time for reading. Similarly, watching a movie is more appealing to the mass whereas reading text can be daunting to many. Likewise, stories are more accessible to larger number of people in movie form than in book form. Furthermore, movies provide social opportunities while books deprive us of such opportunities, sometimes even making us anti-social.

To sum up, books are better than movies in most cases because reading provides unique experience to every audience, understanding the plots becomes deeper with books, and they also improve our vocabulary and thus the overall personality. Movies, although have their own appeals, fail to provide as much benefits a book can provide to its audience.

Author: Pratiksha Baral
Former A Level student from Trinity Int'l College, the author is currently an engineering student aiming to become a programmer, writer and fluent public speaker.


  1. Books, are and will always be better than their movie adaptations. On-screen versions are filtered. The plot is a product of summations by the producers, studio executives, directors, screenplay writers. - Layce, a part of writing research paper group.

  2. As a self-proclaimed Grammar Nazi, it kind of irks me to read an essay riddled with basic errors. Just to mention a few: omission of necessary commas, cases of incorrect subject-verb agreement, and missing connectors. The repetitive use of phrases like 'In addition', 'Also', 'Likewise' at the start of sentences has also made the style seems rather mundane. (Note how I used 'also' in the middle of the sentence, rather than at the front.)

    - Your friendly neighborhood Grammar Nazi

  3. found some grammar mistakes in the second last paragraph.
    No need to thank me :)