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Do you prefer to read a book or just watch the film?



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Do you prefer to read a book or just watch the film?

Films like Harry Potter, The light between the Oceans, The Wizard of Oz, and more were based on the books. These best-selling books turned into blockbusters movies. Some of us have read the book before watching the movie but some just watched the movie. Reading the story and watching the film is great but I know that some people are lazy to read a book. How about you? Do you prefer to read a story or just watch a film? 

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Einalem

Between reading a book and watching a movie, I would always prefer to watch a movie. It's not like I hate books but I just love movies more. I have this different level of interest when watching a movie to the point I notice everything. I just find it admirable to watch a good film with superb cinematography.



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rlpzbeermoney

Recently, I've been more into movies than books. I'm not all that caught up in the latest and greatest trending books so I don't really mind that those books get made into a movie. I'd watch the movie first before considering reading a book. Majority of the books that get into movies don't really interest me anyways so why would I spend days reading it when I could just read it for 1.5.



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jeffreyjose48

I think its more easier to read a book than to watch a film. You will really have to focus your attention in watching the film. But with reading a book, you can bring the book and read it while you are sitting on the jeep.



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rlpzbeermoney

I disagree. Sometimes reading a book requires more focus and attention than watching a movie. You use your head more as you're relying on your consciousness to read the words and translate them to meaning. Moving pictures on screen I find requires less brain power to process.



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jeffreyjose48

I also disagree with you. What if there is no electricity, then you cannot watch the film anymore. But with reading the book, you can do it anytime and anywhere you want to.



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rlpzbeermoney

You have a point there but electricity is everywhere. It's very unlikely that you'd go days without electricity. Power outages last at least 6 hours in my area. The only time an area experiences longer outages is in the case of a natural disaster. I'm just not a book person to be honest.



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Youngshark

You have quite a point here my friend. reading a book takes a lot of conscious effort which is not similar to that employed by an individual watching a movie. I, however, am always keen to capture minor details in movies hence you might catch me being even more attentive when watching.



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superlicca

You got the point! It takes an effort to understand what you are reading, When you read, you tend to encounter some unfamiliar phrases or words that might be hard to understand. In this case, you will need the help of a dictionary to find the meaning of that word. Although in the movie, characters can also use some unfamiliar words but a book is different. The author can be profound and express his thoughts differently.



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Steve5

I agree. Reading a book is easier in the sense that you get all the necessary details. It can be difficult to watch a movie adaptation when you don't understand a lot of what's going on. Also, I find it difficult to read when riding in a moving vehicle. So I commend you for your effort.



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Youngshark

i love reading when am travelling. It is one of my best hobbies on a journey that has been cultivated for a long time and has as such stuck in me. I rarely read when still at home since movies are the major occupation in such environments.



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Steve5

How do you deal with the constant shaking? I've only considered reading when there's minimal to no movement. Like during heavy traffic. I'm often left dizzy whenever I attempt to read during transportation.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you. There is a great challenge of reading a book during transportation. I would also feel dizzy at times doing this.



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Steve5

This is why I avoid reading at all while riding. I'm often left lightheaded after constantly trying to understand what I'm reading. It's hard to focus on the text when your seat is shaking.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you. That is true. Let us avoid reading at all while riding.



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Steve5

Funny enough I once saw someone reading a book in the elevator. It made wonder if we could actually do that. It's interesting since it moves up and down compared to vehicles.

Generally, let's just read somewhere that's good for reading.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you. Reading a book in the elevator is funny. Let's just read somewhere that's good or conducive for reading.



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Youngshark

Hahahaha. An elevator is a funny one, my friend. It is a case of having to constantly adjust your position and the 'uncomfortability' is just too much.



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Youngshark

I just choose the seats well in the vehicle such that I am comfortable in the vehicle and minimal shakes will not distract me. It is quite boring to have a book on your hand but you cannot read as the vehicle keeps drifting and as such your hand shakes.



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Steve5

I guess the best vehicles are those that move in a steady pace. I've noticed that they show this during train rides in movies. The characters are seen reading something while the train moves in a straight line.



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Youngshark

Yeaah trains are always better. The journey is enjoyable with the ride being smoother. This is as compared to roads which tend to have potholes especially in countries with bad governance and you are shaken all over the journey. There are also drivers who are careless and keep swerving on the road making your concentration to drop.



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Steve5

That's true. The only exception to road transportation is during heavy traffic. You can read a book while waiting for the traffic to move along.

I think I remember seeing a poster with someone reading a book on a train. It seems much more sophisticated seen in that light.



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Youngshark

True traffic acts as a break when you want to read a book. Trains nonetheless take the vote as the best place to read whenever you are traveling.



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Steve5

I feel like detective stories have somehow contributed to this idea. Similar books such as historical fiction. They often depict someone reading during transportation.

Most notably, while riding a train. Perhaps this is where the idea came from.



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Youngshark

Hahaha. It i because the guys are too busy during the other periods and the only time they can find to look at a book is when they are traveling. Also, those who look for clues may do such reading.



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mark8625

Some people said that reading books in vehicle is not good in our eyes. I used to do that before but when someone told me about that I eventually stopped.



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superlicca

I agree with you. I cannot read if there is a movement. It can affect my eyes and the chance of dizziness is high. I think he reads when he is at the hotel or when he stops at a designated place.



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edencaga

Yes, you are right. You can't watch movies while on the jeep as there might be someone snatch your phone and book is more convenient and easy to carry like you can read anywhere you want.



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Steve5

Also, books are some of the many treasured objects often neglected. They're worth much more than gadgets. They dispense knowledge for those willing to read them.

It's funny that someone won't ever attempt to steal your book. The possibility is so little compared to your cellphone and wallet.



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edencaga

I agree. How funny is it when someone steal your book. Maybe the kind of person who do things like that is also a bookworm or fond of books but can't afford to buy it, instead he will just steal books to someone else. If ever it happens, at least its not a totally regret as its price value is not as expensive as the gadgets.



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Steve5

That's funny. I'm also intrigued by the chances of someone ever wanting to steal a book. I guess it's not really a matter of price.

But it could be if the copy is priceless. Such as first edition copies of famous books. Like the ones about Sherlock Holmes.



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edencaga

It can be one of the reasons in wanting to steal the book. Some books especially those novel books like Harry Potter or Hunger Games are kind of expensive but not as expensive as gadgets of course. It is just that to compare it with other books, those kind of novel books are much expensive than normal books.



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Steve5

Did you know that old books such as those written by famous authors cost thousands of dollars? Though, it's unlikely you'll find them randomly.

Some people have made money selling valuable copies of books. First editions are the ones released just after the book got published. Imagine how much 17th century books are worth now.



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edencaga

Yes. It's just like in painting or any kind of arts. Those famous artists or those who are known as National Artist sell their crafts worth thousands or even millions worth of money. Like in authors. Classical novel books I think are more expensive.



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Steve5

That's right. I've read stories of people getting lucky. They found original copies of first edition books in second hand bookstores.

They were so happy because they got to sell it for a good price. I hope we find something like that someday.

Others actually save copies of current artworks so that they can sell them at a much higher price decades from now.



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edencaga

I want it also. Yes, I'm also hoping to find an original book that sells a good price. I hope we can find one like others who were very lucky. Yeah they are brilliant. They preserved it for them to sell it in a higher price.



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EfficientNinja

It could be because thieves that mostly steal phones don't even read books. They don't know the value the books contain in its pages. They are only stealing things that could be sold easily so they would have instant cash.



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Steve5

You're right. It's really a matter of priorities. It's obvious that they'd want something expensive like jewelry such as diamonds. They'd probably just throw the book somewhere since it's just useless paper to them.



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edencaga

Yes. Gadgets are pricey and if you sell it with a low price , there are still someone who will be willing to buy the gadgets since it came from a expensive price. There are only particular folks who really read books so it can't be still easily.



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Steve5

True. You can pretty much sell gadgets to anyone willing to buy them. It's much more profitable in the sense that many people would consider buying them.

There's even a market for new gadgets being sold for less just because the owner either already has more than one or has no need of it.



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stbrians

Movie makers sometime just take interesting parts of a book and leave the rest. There are some additions that may mar the storyline. Some scenes unless the book was written for a movie are hard to be encted. Reading the book is more inciting.



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superlicca

You are right with your statement. Reading the book will give you the whole idea of the story. Movie makers will not include all the scenes that you can read on the book. Books include the main plot, numerous subplots, and backstories. While movies are unable to include all the details due to the limited time.



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NesMarcos

I would have to agree with you on this. Some ideas in books are disregarded in movies because movie makers cannot include all scenes in the movie. If they may, probably it will take more than 5 hours and that will make the viewers bored.



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Steve5

Yes, that's understood. But a lot of times they cut out essential stuff that changes the story entirely. So movie watchers don't understand some stuff happened.

It's always the catch with movie adaptations. They have to make do with the time they've been given.



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Steve5

That's so true. This is often my issue with movie adaptations. So much has been left out that it messes with the story. You get a totally different experience because of it. New readers are often surprised by how the story works within the book and not in the movie.



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stbrians

A movie and the book may not marry. They are on divorce ends. Even qell known biblical stories may be badly inacted that when you watch without knowing the title may throw you off the story you know



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EfficientNinja

I still feel bad when I watch a movie adaptation of a book that I like and some noticeable scenes are left out. I get that they are trying to keep things under budget but I hope they could just make the movie longer to add more parts of the story.



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Steve5

Me too. But it's unlikely to happen. One way they go about this is to have uncut Blue-ray copies. Those include scenes that were cut for the theatrical release.

I find them great for reruns of previously unseen footage. Especially, if you've yet to see the whole movie.



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Youngshark

I also used to read a lot when I was younger. However, in recent years, I have developed more into a movie watcher and I like getting things that have been converted into movies. stories, especially from books, get sweeter when you are seeing and hearing with all the actions captured. This gets even better if the actors are great at their jobs.



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superlicca

That is right! Reading books is also great but it makes a difference when you watch the film. Your imagination comes to reality. Great actors can give justice! We get so emotionally involved in their dialogue and emotions. Something that might be hard to see in a book unless you are a good reader or the writer expressed the story perfectly.



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Steve5

Yes, you're right! I love watching movie adaptations as well. There's nothing like a good book turned into a well made film. I really enjoy connecting details from the book to what's shown on screen.

The best ones are Horror stories. Imagine how scared you were reading the books. Now imagine if they did it just as good in the movie.



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Youngshark

oooh, Horror stories made into movies are exactly the thing that I get hooked onto. There is so much that one will have to catch up on and as such makes the movie more enjoyable. This makes me wonder, are there any books adapted from movies?



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Steve5

Actually, they have done that. It's called novelization. It's when you turn a movie into a book. I think they used the screenplays as a guide. Some famous examples are V For Vendetta and E.T. along with many others.

You can practically see this happen if a movie becomes popular and very successful. I used to see copies of High School Musical novels long after the movies ended.

As for movie adaptations, IT has been the most famous book made into a movie this past year. How's that for a Horror movie?



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Kakashi2020

I do agree that watching films is much more enjoyable than reading a book. It's because films are visually appealing unlike books which needs a vivid imafination.



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NesMarcos

I strongly agree with you that watching films is much more enjoyable than reading books because the visual effects are a great add up, however, reading the book is much more interesting due to its completeness in the ideas and stories.



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Steve5

I very much agree. Books just have the complete feelings and ideas of stories. The context is intriguing. The subtext is rich with symbolism. I like books that can be read more than once.

In fact, there are more books nowadays that reveal hidden truths after your first read. Some of them are about self-improvement.



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Steve5

Yes, it's the main reason others don't like reading very much. You need to be very patient with the books. Especially, since most novels tend to be long winded. In fact, many could be made into shorter books if you removed the unnecessary parts.



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NesMarcos

A good point is noted, why spending days in reading a book when you could just read it for 1.5 hours? I also had the same point of view before, however, I noticed that some novels that were turned into movies were incomplete. Not all important scenes in the books are being shown in movies.



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Steve5

Yes, that's a good point. I often find myself confused when watching movie adaptations. It's because they cut out too much necessary information. Not only does it make the movie hard to understand, it also makes it boring to watch.

How can you care about the characters if you don't understand a lot of what's happening?



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jeffreyjose48

I think its easier to study by reading the book. You can read again the portions you don't understand so easily. With the film you have to to rewind or pause the portion where you want to watch again.



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Steve5

That's so true. I've forgotten how tedious it can be to actually pause and rewind previous CD copies. I guess it's much easier when you use the computer. You can simply click where you'd like to see portions of the video you're watching.



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Kakashi2020

Me too, I prefer watching the film first and if it's good then that's the time I would consider buying the book to read it. Because a good movie always means that it's book version is even better.



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NerdIndeed

Same here. Most of the time, I see movies before I've even read them. Heck, I only get to know that they are based on a novel or a book if it's mentioned in the description or if I come across an article saying that. Some of the books that I've read were a bit depressing when they were turned into movies. Like "The Davinci Code" and "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown.



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amelia88

That’s often what happens to me as well. I’ll watch a movie and only realize it started out as a book if it mentions it in the credits or if I read about it on social media and so forth. Makes me wonder about all the movies I’ve seen that were originally books...and I just never knew!



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Steve5

That's funny! I thought the same thing. I've had my share of my surprising moments like this. Some films are just so in sync with the original source material that they feel independent.

So when you find out that it's an adaptation of a book, you're dumbfounded by the sheer attention to details.



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Steve5

That's inevitable. There will be film adaptations that will disappoint book fans to some degree. I'm just glad we get to see the stories acted out in movies. It's better than never seeing it in film.



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NerdIndeed

Totally. At least we know how it looks like acted out opposed to visualizing it all out by our self-imagination. Is there a film out there that came out better than the book experience?



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Steve5

There are a lot if I'm not mistaken. However, I can't recall which movies exceeded expectations. One famous example could be IT by Stephen King.

It seems that many fans enjoyed the film more than the book. Especially, because they left out some unpleasant parts that the book could have gone without.



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NerdIndeed

I've never seen that film, and I guess this is one of those movie recommendations from you again that is worth trying. Thanks, man!



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Steve5

It's my pleasure. I wasn't even recommending it. I just knew how big of a success it was from all the press and interviews. They really did a solid job of adapting it to a movie. The modern feel is very impressive.



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NerdIndeed

Now, this is a funny situation. Me thinking you recommended it and you telling me you haven't seen it yet (or not). Nevertheless, thanks, man!



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jaybee19

As a an auditory learner and a visual one sometimes, I prefer to watch movies than to read books because I easily get sleepy when I read, I actually hate myself because of that for I really have to read a lot of books as a requirement for my job. I also heard that books are much more detailed compared to movie adaptations which is very interesting because the directors and producers might have changed some elements to make the story more appealing on the screen. However, unfortunately, I still prefer to watch than to read.



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superlicca

I can relate to you since I feel sleepy whenever I read a book. It is also true that books are much detailed. Books reveal more information about the characters which is something that you cannot see in a movie. And writers or producers of a film also change some settings of the story. There is a story that I watch and read the book and I see a lot of differences.



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jaybee19

Exactly. A lot of directors and producers change a lot of things for movie adaptations from novels. One example is the differences made in the Harry Potter movies from the published books. However, the changes are understandable because directors and producers also need to fit the movies in to the commercial standards in order for the movies to gain profit.



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Steve5

That's understandable. We all have our preferred medium of learning. I probably do that too. It's difficult to imagine stuff you're reading from a book. So watching a movie makes so much sense. You might even read the book after seeing the film.



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jayjaydimson

Well, for me I will prefer to watch a movie, because it has less effort, you just need to watch it and gain the content of it without reading it. Tho I don't watch movies without a subtitles, because I don't understand some pronunciation of the actor.



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superlicca

I agree with you. I like to read books but watching a movie is better since you will know the whole story in two hours. Unlike reading that would sometime take me one week to finish the book.



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mark8625

Exactly, reading books may take you a day or two compared to watching a movie that could finish you in an hours, but still depends to the books that you are reading, there are books that have only few pages. I prefer both as I believe that these two choices are both important to me.



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Steve5

Me too. It's always the challenge with reading stuff. You'll probably take a lot longer since most books are really long. Like novels which takes days to complete. Those who are able to read fast while understanding what they're reading are very lucky.



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mark8625

Aside from that reading books is something that we exercise our imagination capability. It is good in our minds too.



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NerdIndeed

I see. Interesting. Because as for me, I don't like watching with subtitles on the bottom of the screen as it distracts me from the movie. Of course, it does not apply if I see a foreign film that is not in English, like say a Korean or Japanese one.



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mark8625

What I did when I am watching with subtitle is I switch off the subtitle in the setting menu so that I wont see those words while I am watching because having it makes it annoying.



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NerdIndeed

I know right. I do not see the need of having subtitles on if what I'm currently watching is in plain English. Though its great to have subtitles on when you're watching nerdy shows like The Big Bang Theory so you can follow along with brainy lines that they say. Nevertheless, it's all good.



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mark8625

It is all up to a person if they can pick up quickly the conversations in the movie. Many people does and others does not.



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NerdIndeed

True indeed. I guess it all depends on someone's comprehension if he or she (the viewer )needs it or not. Nevertheless, with or without. It's all the same anyway.



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mark8625

Like what I have said it is all about the viewers if they like it or not. The main reason why they put subtitles is because of the audience. There has settings also to activate or deactivate the subtitles.



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Steve5

I can relate. Subtitles really help with understanding stuff. This especially true for foreign movies where we don't understand what people are saying. The most common is Japanese films. Imagine watching it without subtitles. Now that's hard.



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mark8625

Yeah It is very helpful specially if the audio and the actors are so slang talking. Sometimes we really need subtitle for us to understand clearly their discussions.



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jpk0007

I love to read books and I also like to watch movies. Both have a very unique experience which is completely different from each other

Reading a book definetly requires more time than seeing a movie. But when you read a book you almost enter the world of the characters. The story remains in your mind until you complete the reading of the book. And if the book is written by a talented writer then it is most likely that you will always remember the story. Movie on the other hand is a visual experience. There are so many other factors that are important along with the script. So I will go for both, reading a book and also watching the movie .



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mark8625

So do I. I love both to do. What should we do if we both entertaining by this two. Reading and watching are fun things to do and it give us sometimes a good moral lesson in life.



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Corzhens

It depends on the genre of the story because there are stories like espionage that couldn't be fully explained in a film hence the audience is left with many questions when the movie ends. I have seen the movie The Vinci Code twice but I still didn't fully understand the entire story. But in action films, I guess there is no need for the book because an action movie is more for the visuals. For instance a Jackie Chan film cannot be more entertaining than seeing it on the screen reading the book will not be thrilling and as funny.



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Barida

This is true anyways as I have seen some movies that were unable to explain in full what the main book is talking about. One thing about this type of situation is that you are going to watch half of the full story on movies which won't make you understand fully what the book is all about.



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esteban123

I think for me I would prefer to watch the film rather than reading a book because I find it more convenient since I will just sit back and relax. Besides I can easily understand what I see than rather than what I read which is giving me the feeling of easiness and direct to the point message of a certain movie that I watch. Another thing that makes me to choose to watch films is because you can easily finish the whole content in just a few hours wherein in reading it takes a lot of time which is some very tiring to have.



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mdayrit

I prefer to read the book first prior to watching it into a movie. I would often compare the result on which is better, the book or the movie. But of course, Book version always wins for me. Maybe because stories in books depends on your imagination that it becomes more clear and realistic. I feel that movie versions although more visuals are sometimes lacking. Maybe because it is limited and shortened to fit the number of minutes it will be shown.



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esteban123

Yes it might be a good idea and besides you are correct that sometimes in a movie it is lacking which is sometimes I really don't know why. Maybe it is because that the time in a movie is just very limited that is why they just end up summarizing all the events that happened. Reading is a challenging task to make in my own opinion since it will really entails a lot patience and I cannot mainly do it since I don't have the patience to read for more and easily get bored when reading a long story.



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mdayrit

I understand. Not too many people have the patience to finish a book especially if there's an easier option of seeing it on the big screen. When I do not have the time to read books what I do is to listen to audio books. I can listen whenever doing household chores or even while trying to go to sleep.



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esteban123

Yes exactly, but I have never tried to listen to audio books, I don't know if it is good for me since sometimes I cannot easily catch up the stories through hearing them since I mostly prefer seeing them visually or by reading a book if ever I have time. Maybe If I have some time I would give a try to audio books so that I can compare on what is the best of them.



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superlicca

Audiobooks are good! I never tried them but my friends say that listening to audiobooks is good. I think you can be productive since you can do some household chores while listening to the audio books.



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mdayrit

I find listening to audiobooks also relaxing that I easily fall asleep when listening to it lying down. Maybe because I'm using my imagination to see the story in my head that I tire easily and fall to sleep.



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superlicca

I like your idea of reading first the book before watching the movie. You will see the difference between the two. The book version is always more informative or more detailed. In movies, some information or scenes will not be included due to the limited time since the usual movie lasts for almost 2 hours only.



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edencaga

I think its also good to read first the book before you watch the movie for you to find out also what's lacking in the movie. Probably movies only includes important parts of the story. Movies are very limited compared to books.



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jeffreyjose48

Same here with me. I agree with you. I prefer to read books than watching the movie. Just like the movie Noah of the Bible, what I have read form the story of the Bible is different from the movie they have made.



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Barida

The movie helps to an extent especially when the movie was made in a clear motive of teaching you the things that actually matters. I have watched films of some popular books and I tend to remember the story better than when I read the book.



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TheArticulate

Years ago, I would have said I like to read the books first, but as I've become more and more interested in filmmaking, I'd lean more toward watching the movies. Anymore I don't have as much time to dedicate toward reading, and it's so much easier to just go out and watch a movie for a couple of hours instead.

Really, I like them both equally. If I have the opportunity to read more after I get out of school, I'll be happy to have that method of consumption, too!



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jetselle

Personally reading in book first is much better than watching it in film dont get me wrong I like watching movie but I love reading books . A book is significantly more intricate and intriguing than a movie dependent on it. It expands our creative energy and our imagining capacity. A film consequently shapes in the inward abstract space of mind which is totally unique and dependent on close to home creative energy and individualized view of the book. The touchy portrayal of point by point discussion between characters is stopped in light of time limitation and the cleverness natural in the creator's method for naration disappears in a motion picture.



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edencaga

What I like about the book, its more detailed and complete while movie is just the summarize story from book so what's written in the book in some parts can't see in the movie so I think for those folks who are fond in reading, I think they will choose book than movie but may be for those who are more visuals they will definitely choose movie. For me it depends, I like movies and I like also books so it depends to the story of the book or movie.



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mark8625

I love both honestly. Watching movies and reading books are both entertaining and very relaxing. I would rather not to choose between the two because as I have said they are both I liked and still liking to do it. For some people they might pick one and it is totally up to them. Reading books would give you knowledge not just the story and the good thing from it but also you would learn more words and helps your vocabulary more healthier and effective. Watching movies are same thing but of course it is up to what kind of movie you prefer to watch. It could give you same thing like reading books. So overall its a tie,both are useful and meaningful to do.



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Kakashi2020

Nowadays I like watching films more than reading books. I've read a lot of books in the past and now I'm enjoying watching movies, TV and Anime series. Watching is more convenient for me than reading also it's more entertaining visually unlike reading which I have to visualize everything.



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HappyLady

I suppose I am of the old school who thinks it is lazy to see the film before the book. It shocks me when younger people have no idea a film ever was a book. Books exercise our own imagination. Films are a product of someone else's and therefore are a lazier way to find recreation.



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Chinet23

I don't have the luxury of time to read the book versus watching the film. I can get to finish story in a few hours on a weekend as my leisure time. But I can't deny that reading the book version of the story can be more limitless in terms of creativity and imagination and covering all aspects of the story. I don't think we can limit our imagination whereas films are interpretation of its creator on how he perceive the story and visual representation of that and covering the whole story can be real challenging. I really I wish I could read more.



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jaymish3

I prefer reading because you can imagine the characters for yourself in your head. With a film, the characters are there on film for you to see. I watch a film to relax me and to help me unwind and I read a book for entertainment. The difference between the two is that one stimulates you, the other relaxes you. I actually have to force myself to watch a film because I spent most of my time reading.



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ajahcuizon

I agree. Reading books can help your imagination widen as you try to predict what will happen next. Althought the story is just the same, in movies you will come to think that they will just end up the same as the others, that it is predictable. In reading books, you can imagine their settings and scenes and you will be tje one to decide on which way you would like them to fight. I also find reading books as a relaxing thing to do. I could get myself asleep faster.



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stbrians

There are times when a film does explain better than a book. There are also times when a book does much more justice. Therefore it depends on which one syuts you better.

With me my preference is reading a book. I find it more interesting and engaging.



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ajahcuizon

I agree. There are some points in which the film change or filter some little informations that they took it to be weightless on the storyline. But reading a book and watching films are both interesting to do since what they want to achieve is to entertain us. It really depends on the preference of the person.



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theresajane

We have different types and different styles. Whatever a person chooses, it must be respected. Well, for me, nowadays, I prefer to watch the movie first then read the book. It is because, before I read, I want to have the physical appearance of the characters in mind, so I watch the movie and get their looks so I can incorporate them in my imagination the moment I read the book.



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romyter013

I guess I go for watching movies than reading books. I just got that from my brother. He was actually the guy who will finish something that he likes to read for 2 to 3 days or overnight if he really loves the story. But he told me that its best if I just watch movie instead of reading it because there some scene that they don't include or changed from the movie unlike what's written on the book and he knows it will only make me disappoint about it.



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Steve5

I prefer to read the book and watch the film. Ideally, reading the book first is better. It allows you to fully understand what's to come. This is why movie versions are often unsatisfactory to loyal fans of the books. A lot of stuff doesn't make the cut. There are also unnecessary changes that make readers uncomfortable after watching the film.



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Martinsx1

Novels are no go for me. As much as I love to read books, I simply can't get a hang of reading novels. I scrapped to pass literature in my college days especially with all the novels in our scheme of work. I can read drama and poems but novels are too exhausting for me to read till today.



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Steve5

I see where you're coming from. I also struggle to finish novels compared to other readers. What gets me through is the fact that it's a good story. That's why you should choose the best books that fit your interest.

Also, a good way of reading them is to read a few chapters a day. Don't try to rush it. A novel takes almost a whole day to finish even if you keep reading non-stop. Giving yourself ample time for relaxed reading will make it easier to finish in a week or two.



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theresajane

As for me, actually, since, it is a common problem for avid readers to be unsatisfied with the film since they read the book first, what I always do is watch the film first before reading the book. Through that I'll be able to appreciate the film and when I'll read it, I would be amazed by the other things that was not shown in the movie. In that way, I can still keep the hype of the story. I enjoy it that way.



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ajahcuizon

I prefer to read books than watching a movie. I have read a novel before and then watched its own movie. There are some part on which the movie didn't showed up but in the book it has a big part for the story to end. Making a movie from a book sometimes got altered scenes. Sometimes I feel disappoint about that but I understand that they have to fit the whole story in just a couple of hours.



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NerdIndeed

True. There are also times where some scenes from the book are entirely altered to better relate with the screenplay of the movie. Heck, sometimes even the endings are different.



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ajahcuizon

Altering some details from the book itself could really change an ending of the story. That's why some people think that reading the book first then watch the movie might bring disappoinment because some scenes will not be included. But the good thing is that, there are some scenes that you know but other people didn't watched in the movie.



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NerdIndeed

RIght. But isn't it boring? Watching a movie and you know what scenes are going to be next because you have already read the book. For example, Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ, I'll be so shocked if Jesus never gets crucified in the end. LOL.



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ajahcuizon

Well, I have read the novels of Dan Brown, then the year after, I have watched its film. I cannot say that the excitement was gone after reading the book. I just learned the possible end. I said possible because I am not quite sure at that time if the movie didn't altered the story from the novel. I think it depends on the effects if they did well on making it as a film.



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NesMarcos

I would have to agree with you. I also read different novels that made into movies and sometimes I find it weird not seeing in the movie of some of the best parts I read in the novels. Quite disappointing indeed however, it is really hard to follow what's written in the book.



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cmoneyspinner

There was once a time when my husband attended college classes at night. My kids were young which meant I could get them in bed by 8 PM. My husband didn't get home until almost midnight. That meant from 8 PM to about 11 PM, I had some quiet time. During that slot of time I could do either / or. Read a book or watch a film. If i read a book it was a romance novel. I love historical romance. These days I prefer to watch a film because my eyes get less weary. Also, if my eyes get tired, I can listen to the film and not watch. Also, these days they have audio books, which are pretty cool. So people can listen to a book instead of read.



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anyone01

I didn’t get as a great deal entertainment out of the books as i'd have accomplished if i’d read them first. The characters and locations, in my head, are what I noticed on display. my creativeness in no way were given to assemble them itself, that's one of the primary pleasures of reading. Plus, when analyzing the books I already knew what became going to show up, which made it slightly less fun. Reading the books additionally gave me a much better information of the display, which, in the end, is hugely complicated.



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Kakashi2020

Most of the time I prefer movies but occasionally I would find a good book that I would read from cover to cover. Mostly books which I'm passionate about which is about Food, History and Martial Arts and also alot of Manga and American Graphic Novels.



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Martinsx1

Although I love reading books but I can easily dump any book which I'm reading for a good, interesting, thrilling and mind blowing seasonal movie.

I'm totally addicted to watching TV series and it's gotten to a point of no return for me. Series are the best movies ever made.



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NesMarcos

You have a good variety of books! I am into food, sci-fi, history and law. My first interest in reading books was when I received a gift from my dad. It was a book written by John Grisham, entitled 'The Firm.' From that day, it gave me a great passion in reading books. And eventually, helped me broaden my vocabulary bank!



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Martinsx1

Depending on the mood I find myself would be the deciding factor in whether I'm going to prefer watching movies or choose reading books.

Both of the options are very good in helping me to relax, so I wouldn't mind picking any of them. The most important thing is that they help me get relaxed.



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NesMarcos

I basically would have to agree that it sometimes depends in the mood. If we are busy, and no time to read the book itself, then watching is the best thing to do to come up with the story. However, if you want to go deeply in the story and reading is your passion, then reading will spice up your day a bit.



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jayjaydimson

I'm not really into a book, so I prefer watching it than reading its content. I can easily understand things when I see it instead of reading it.



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NesMarcos

I always tend to read the book first than watching it on big screen. This is because I find it easier to understand. Reading books will take you in a different world, the world where the author wants you to be, and gives you different emotions while reading it deeply. It can be a lazy thing to do but for a book lover, reading is absolutely a great time to spend something worthy.



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amelia88

Personally I think it depends on which book it is, and which movie it is. I often read books when they're well regarded, or there is some kind of critical acclaim behind them. Other times, I don't even know there's a book until after I've seen the movie! I like both though, and tend to do a pretty even mix all things considered.



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Martinsx1

A book that I would like to read now is anything on spiritual development and access to dark magic if such exists. I have heard a lot of rumors about supernatural powers lately and I would like to know more about such mysterious powers and also if there is any possibility of tapping into such powers and forces.



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mitan143

Wow, that sounds cool and very interesting because its rare. It's fine if we explore to read different topics even those beyond reality but read on your own risk is always advisable. Honestly, I also want to read such topics like that because some of them are mind blowing.



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EfficientNinja

I like to do both. Movies are always lacking because they lack the budget to do the whole setting in the books. They may also have a hard time to find actors that fit the role of the books' characters well. Some people say some movies fail to give justice to the books because the films turned out to be a wreck even though many people are huge fans of the books. For example, Albus Dumbledore's actor in the first film doesn't really portray his character in the book.

I like reading their books and watching the films so I can experience the best of both worlds and I can compare them.



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limberg

When I was still in high school and college, I preferred to read a book rather than watch it on the big screen. I had a lot of time on my hands so reading a good book was one of my favorite past times. I also didn't have a lot of money so I just preferred to stay home with my book in hand.

Now that I'm working, I rarely have the time to read a good book. If ever I read a book, I would fall asleep after 15 minutes. That is why I now prefer watching movies rather than reading a book.



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Kakashi2020

I think most people likes to read a lot when they're young more so before the computer, game console and smartphone age but nowadays kids opt for watching movies than reading because it's more visually appealing to them. Even I would choose watching movies and videos than reading books. I still do read books once in awhile but unlike then when I was in highschool I would read and finish a book every week, nowadays I think I'm finishing one book every six months or so. The thing is the quality of movies and sprcial effects nowadays is very good that it makes movies more exciting and visually entertaining to watch.



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MomoStarr16

I prefer watching movies because I am able to see the scenes and the characters. Although reading books enhance my immagination, it is better for me to enjoy watching the characters. In that way I enjoyed the story.



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Kakashi2020

Movies nowadays are very exciting to watch more so science fiction, adventure, action films. New technology like CGI are being used to augment and stretch reality making a live action movie more grandeur and action scenes becomes more exciting. It's like merging cartoons and live action all thanks to Computer Generated Imagery and effects. That's why I like watching movies more nowadays than reading books.



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Judas2018

I actually prefer to read the book before I watch the film. So I can at least get a feel for the cinematic material first. I think to go into seeing a movie based off of or adapted from a book, without having somewhat skimmed or partially read the literary version - is cheating yourself out of a better understanding of the overall universe in which these events unfold.



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nrnlss

I am not inti films that much, but I am a big reader so I'll choose reading than watching. I don't really feel the emotion when I am watching a film, I just feel like its fake(because it is). However, reading books really got into me, the emotion feels so raw and so good.



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emiaj55

Watching the characters I loved so much in the books came to life is such a wonderful experience for me. Seeing their reactions, the way they move, the heartfelt scenes that make you cry and the heart thumping moments are much more that I could get from a book. But in the instances that I happen to have watched the movie adaptation of a novel, before reading (or even knowing) the novel itself, then I make it a point to read the novel as well. Reading the books are priceless because you get to learn more about the characters, their thoughts thus you get to understand better their actions. Plus there are scenes in the books that were cut-off in the movies because of limited time.



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jayjaydimson

I prefer to watch it than to read it. And I use to watch the film with a subtitle so I can easily understand what the actors are talking about, and for me to better understand the story of the film.



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MomoStarr16

Doing them both won't hurt you. Instead it will make you love the story of both worlds. But of course reading it is good if it is story wise. Book will give us the most detailed storyline. While in the movie, it will be action pack.



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Steve5

I prefer Horror stories in movie form. I'd like to see how well they can translate the scary imagery to the big screen. If done well, it can easily become the most terrifying stuff. Like what they did with The Shining. The hallway scene with the two little girls still haunts many viewers.



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mirodge

I don't read a lot but I love reading and at the same time I also love watching films. These two gives different fullfilment in my soul. In reading it brings me to somewhere by means of imagination. While in watching films you can directly see the beauty of the scene & the characters.



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Steve5

It speaks a lot to our personal preference. Some people have vivid imagination. They prefer being in control of how they see things play out. Others are more visual in that they need movie graphics.

Both are useful for making things work for their respective target audience. It's even a combination of both methods. Especially, in movie adaptations.



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Marako0406

Best selling books turned into movies are great but most of the time it gets different because of how long the story goes compared to reading it and watching it squeezed in the film. I guess I am much excited to hear that some of the books I have read are turned into movies and sometimes that excitement come to fade after I have watched the movie. Well, it is what it is.



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Jstreeter26

I almost always prefer to read a book. I feel like you get so much more out of it. The level of detail in books versus the movie is always so much more. Books allow for so much more content in a much more compressed format.



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jeffreyjose48

I enjoy watching a movie than reading a book although I find it more informative and tiring to do the latter because I can review the details I wanted to understand better. It is more challenging to read a book because my ability to speculate, foresee, analyze and imagine is being tested. I believe I need to use much of my brain cells in understanding the contents of a book. On the contrary, watching a movie is fast-paced. I can quickly get what the movie would like to convey after it is viewed.



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mftmadam

I would probably read the book first then watch the film after, the book is the original after all. The book has it all, every single movement that the character made, every single lights turned on and off, every single horn of any car that passed the street. What I mean is that every single detail is there, while the movie has shortcuts. Some scenes will be missing, some lines will be different, the way the characters move or talk will be different from the ones you imagined or described by the book. One example is The Fault in our Stars by John Green, so I can do both. But I'd prefer to read the book first, that's my personal opinion only.



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vivalavanda

It depends what I discover first, book or movie. It doesn't really matter to me because there are stories that are preferred more on being showed in visual than reading it in a book. However, the book is much more superior than movies because you can imagine anything with your imagination. In addition, there are movie adaptations that don't give any justice to the book. Book and Movie have their own strengths.



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t3rryf0ldz

Usually, you get a lot more of the story when you read a book. You also have the luxury of deciding for yourself what the scenes and characters look or sound like. I like to see both, but its very easy for films to absolutely ruin the books they adapt. So if I've read a book before a movie comes out, I tend to be a little bit afraid of how the movie came out, and I see a movie that I enjoy and decide to read the book, a lot of the time I end up liking the movie less after reading the book because I'll see all the things they did wrong. Obviously you can't put everything into a film that's in a book and conversely there are a lot of things you can do in a film that you can't really describe in words... So both are valid in their own ways. They should more often be looked at as different interpretations of a story rather than representations of one another.



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Steve5

That's an interesting take on things. I really appreciate how you've described the difference between the two. It is seldom that we find good movie adaptations. It's more of a directing and editing issue for those in charge of the movie.

I'm glad that we had J.K. Rowling watching over her Harry Potter series. She made sure it stuck to the original source material as much as possible.



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jaymish3

I agree.Reading a book and watching the movie are two different experiences. For example you'd never improve your grammar or writing through watching a movie. when you read a book you interact with the words.Reading allows you too come up or make up the characters in your head.This is why watching the movie first before reading the book spoils everything. I find the same with audio books.Given a choice I'd rather read the book, than listen to the audio it's just not the same experience especially if you love to read.



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Steve5

I can definitely relate. It's much better to read the book first than any other medium. Plus, you're more likely to appreciate the movie adaptation if you're already read the story. Though, good adaptations are a rare thing. Most of us are disappointed with how they've directed the film.



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koki12346

Depends on how much time I have. Free time. If i really want to read the book but I just do not have the time to do so - then i will watch the movie. If I have the time to read the book - I would always read the book. I prefer books over movies. When you read your own imagination creates the scenarios and the characters, but when watching a movie that is all done for you. And somehow you lose the point.

Don't know, that's just my opinion.



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Wenkx03

I prefer both. I think you should read the book before watching the movie. I gives you the excitement to the things you imagine while reading the book. So I prefer to read the book before watching the movie.



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