I Heard The Movie Was Better

The only battle that rages harder than the one between good and evil, is that between the book and the movie.  It seems in many cases that the book is written and then it is decided that a movie should be made out of it. In the vast majority of these cases, the general consensus is that the book was better than the movie, for several reasons. There are usually complaints about details being left out of the movie, whether those details involve major characters or important scenes. In other cases, sometimes the writers and directors of the movie take it upon themselves to change the ending of the book altogether once the story makes it to the screen. Such complaints are valid, indeed. However, it needs to be understood that in many cases, it is impossible for movies that are based on books to follow every detail of their written predecessors. Movies do have budgets, even when those budgets are astronomical. For example, let’s look at the Harry Potter series. Personally, I have not read any of the books, but I have seen each of the movies so far. I know many people who have read all of the books, so I’ve heard plenty about them, and just by looking at the books, I can tell that they’re heavy enough to cave someone’s head in. I hear complaints from people who have read the books AND seen the movies, that many significant details were left out of each movie. Each of the Harry Potter movies have clocked in at roughly 2.5 hours. So, unless you’d like the length of a movie and the price you pay to see it doubled, I suggest you take it for what it’s worth. I know that I wouldn’t want to sit through a 5 hour movie just make sure that it stays true to the book upon which it was based.

Aside from all of that, movies in general bring the payoff in a more immediate, satisfying manner than books do. Stories set to film stimulate sight, hearing and even sometimes feeling, and can still leave as much to the imagination as any book can. Moreover, movies are generally less time-consuming than reading a book that is several hundred pages long. In a day and age where people run around like chickens with their heads cut off, if time-preservation is an instinct you possess, the movie may be for you. Now that you can  watch movies on iPods and cell phones, you can bring them nearly anywhere you can bring a book.

People need to understand that a movie and the book upon which it was based still exist in separate worlds and will never identical.