Reading vs. Watching (The Fault In Our Stars has spurred this post)

This is the thing, reading a book versus watching a movie based on the book will always be a different experience. I believe that a book can be adapted into a great movie. However, I don’t know that the feeling you will leave with after watching the movie will ever compare to the feeling you have after reading the book.

Think about it: when you read a book you spend hours, HOURS, with the characters. You can’t sit down and read a novel in two hours. You invest time into getting to know and understand the people that you are reading about. You get an inside look into their thoughts and opinions. You get personal with them. With a movie, as lovable as they try to make the character, you still lose the depth of that bond.

Last night I saw The Fault In Our Stars (loved it!) which I had also read the book for. The movie was brilliant, they kept so many of the great lines that made the characters so like-able (although there were some things that I would like to have seen included but were left out, understandably) and overall just did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. As I stated before, I loved the movie, but I enjoyed the way I connected with the charecters more while reading the book. I want to know what you think, do you prefer reading the book or watching the movie versions?

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5 thoughts on “Reading vs. Watching (The Fault In Our Stars has spurred this post)

  1. Usually I prefer the book because then I can take time with it and get to reread chapters if I want… But sometimes the movie surprises me and is actually better than the book it was inspired by!

    1. I do like being surprised by the movie sometimes, although I’ve rarely found movies that surpass the book. But I definitely enjoy both. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Christy 🙂

      1. I’ve read An Abundance of Katherine’s, Looking for Alaska, and Paper Towns, and I look forward to reading his other books soon! 🙂

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