Pit any book against its film version and odds are you’ll find someone who claims the book was better.
Unless it’s one of these, then both versions leave you empty.
Sources: Atlas, Twilight
Not everyone feels this way of course, but those who do will tell you that books are better because they provide background information that movies leave out because of time restraints.

After all, who wants to watch a movie that stops every 27 seconds to fill you in about what the characters are thinking and why they're thinking it?
For example, these two are pondering their horrible career choice.
Source: The Atlantic
Not that all movies are void of description, though. Sometimes directors will try to give the audience hints about what's going through the character's mind by cutting to a shot of what the character's staring at.

Sometimes the character is contemplating the deeper thoughts of a painting and how it applies to their life. Sometimes they're flipping through a photo album and reminiscing about someone they love. Sometimes they're silent, and sometimes they're overlapped with music and/or a character's thoughts, which serve as expose.
"As we ate after the funeral, all of us remembered how Dad used to extend his finger and ask us to pull it."
Credit: Liz Lawley

I'm not saying that books don't provide better depth than movies. They usually do, especially when it concerns character development. It's just that movies aren't meant to present information the same way as books.

And, no, that doesn't mean the book is
better than the movie.

I have never heard anyone listen to a song and think, "This would make a better poem." That's just me, though. My sample size is small. There's probably at least one person out there that has thought that before, and they deserved to be shot.

Songs are meant to have music - and sometimes words. Movies are meant to have video and sound - and sometimes no words. Expecting a movie to be exactly like a book is the same as expecting a PowerPoint to be exactly like an essay.
"And now I will read you every word of my presentation."
Credit: Ohio Sea Grant
Books are made into movies because the two formats are closely related. They're like cousins. Unfortunately, books can't be shoved into a magic movie-making machine and be turned into a movie a few hours later. It takes people to do that, but only because machines haven't even mastered translating words, let alone emotions and intent – yet.
Translation: To use most happy time make not toy in eye poke.
Credit: Thomas S.
Directors, script writers, set designers, and actors are artists. They bring their own interpretations to a piece and odds are you'll hate it because it’s not exactly the same as yours. That, and because it you liked the original better than the remake.

When you read a book, it's your voice, and your set design. You've chosen the actors, the background settings, and the tempo. You create the music and the ambiance. And all of that's personal to you.

Unless you're listening to one of those books-on-tapes.

So that's why Satan has such a sexy baritone voice.
Just because a character watches a sunset over the ocean doesn't mean you are picturing the same thing as another person that read the same book. Even if the author writes that the "sunset was a pool of orange floating still on a gray ocean" doesn't mean you're picturing the same hue of orange. Just the idea of a black leather couch contains a hundreds of different options.

If you don't believe me, run a Google Image search for "black leather couch." There are hundreds of results, and all of them are probably better than anything you own.
Even this one.
Think of it this way. Have you ever bought a product before? Maybe it was a 5-gallon coffee maker with an intravenous drip. It doesn't really matter. What matters is that you love it.

Then, someone tells you they think that 5-gallon coffee maker with the IV drip is a waste of time and money. They don't need it. They don't even drink coffee. Suddenly, all you can think about doing is ripping that smug grin off their non-coffee drinking face.

Guess what. That's exactly how people feel when you say the book was better.

Yes, you are entitled to your opinion. This one's mine. I don't think the books and movies are equally comparable, and I enjoy reading as much as the next person.
Unless the next person is this guy.
Source: Time Enough at Last
But it's time to stop telling people that the book was better than the movie because all you're really saying is that you read the book, and you want everyone to know that.

Besides, sometimes
even authors think that the movie version of their book was better.

- S.R.
7/15/2013 12:15:44 am

Gotta say, boys, I like this blog.

7/16/2013 12:53:28 pm

Thanks, Rob!


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