Most of the time books are better than movies. Books can let you imagine the setting or events happening in the story. Movies tend to last about two hours and books take their time and last longer. Movies rush things so that they can end it fast and there. Not everyone has access to movies or can afford going to movie theatres but books can be borrowed at the library or from a friend.
Scientists at Stanford University proved that the process of reading trains the cognitive abilities of the brain. This effect doesn’t occur when watching TV or playing computer games.
When we read a book, we tend to visualize the characters a certain way and in movies they don’t look like the way we want them too. It disappoints us in many ways. I’ve read books before that have a plot twist at the end and in the movie it never happens.If you want to know a certain people’s culture better, you’d better read their books. Watching movies would be not preferable in this case.
When you start a novel, you dive into a whole new world and set pictures of the characters and settings in your mind. But this is not true in case of movies. You are blocked to that particular level of settings on the screen. Plus, the actors are the ones you usually already know, and their previous work reflects in your mind. You may also not like a part of the cast or the whole of it for some reason.
With a book J.K. Rowling can spend 10 pages describing a magical candy store and your brain is engaged. Your mind creates the world that is described before you. It’s a very active process. It’s intimate. It’s just you and the author. You’re sharing something private.
Now it’s a movie. Do you want to spend 10 minutes of the movie looking at the shelves of that magical candy store? You’d be bored out of your mind. Why? Well, the experience has gone from an active one to a passive one. Now you’re being shown that store, and maybe it’s not the way you imagined it would be. That’s not the way you thought that character would look or sound. He didn’t have that weird laugh. Also, what happened to that other character or event that was in the book? They left that whole part out and that’s sad.
You can have morals in books that don’t exist in movies b/c studios need mass appeal,Books make you think in ways that movies don’t usually trigger,Reading gives a quicker wit to the mind then movies which produce a sort of numbed brain effect. Which is not inherently bad,You can read anywhere.
Once Ray Bradbury said that-
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”