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“Why read the book when you can just watch the movie?” A question that annoys a lot of people... especially readers!
by Jasmine Morales
“Why read the book when you can just watch the movie?” A question that annoys a lot of people... especially readers! Having to choose between the book or movie is typically a universal struggle for individuals. Over the past few decades, numerous books have made it to the big screen, some more successful than others.
To name a few, Charlotte's Web, Bridge To Terabithia, Twilight, and The Hunger Games are movies that countless watchers didn’t know were inspired by a novel. Even though reading a book typically takes longer than watching a movie, a book is more fulfilling then a movie could ever be.
A lot of people claim that reading a book is way better than watching a movie. Through reading a book, you can interpret the characters in your own unique way. Plots and storylines are perceived differently because they allow your mind to be creative and focus more on details. Autumn Phillips (12) stated, “When I was reading The Hate U Give, I really felt Starr’s (main character) pain... During the movie they showed the pain, but I didn‘t feel it as much as I did in the book.”
Another senior Ansley Dean (12) talked about her favorite book Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. “I would say the book is better because it has more details and more conversation that didn’t happen in the movies.” In some of the Harry Potter movies they took out some characters that were in the books, but the main thing that bothered Dean was how they changed character’s lines. “I didn’t like how some of the characters in the movies said a line from a different character in the book.”
It's all up for interpretation. What will you choose in the future, the book or movie?
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