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Why I prefer the book over the adapted movies?

Hi Readers,

The first adapted movie I watched was Harry Potter. I must tell you, though I enjoyed the visuals, I didn’t enjoy the movie as much as I enjoyed the book. After that, I watched few more movies that were adapted from famous novels. Not a single movie gave me the kick that reading the original book gave.

I was talking to my friend the other day about the same. He is a filmmaker and he agreed with me. I guess reading the book gives me the freedom of imagination while the movie only lets me see what the director wants me to see. Each person has a different perspective about everything. So, when I read a book, my imagination runs me wild and the smart brain of mine paints beautiful images that no director can show me in a movie.

Also, my filmmaker friend told me that when a book is going to turn into a movie, it goes through a lot of changes. The screenplay changes a whole lot of the book to make it suitable for the making of the movie. I don’t think a 800 page novel can ever fit in a 90 minute movie. Don’t you agree? Imagine how much content is cut short to make it possible. And during this, the director might eliminate a scene because it seemed unimportant to him but it could be important to me.

The director might add plenty of commercial elements to make the movie a hit but it could ruin the basic essence of the story. I was reading Paulo Coelho’s The Aleph in which Paulo said he would never give the copyrights of his books to be made into a movie and he mentioned why. His views appeared a lot similar to mine.

A wise man said, “Never judge a book by its movie”. How true? I make it a point to read the book first and then watch the movie. I know it’s quite difficult in today’s busy world to read a book and that I believe is the major reason for the increasing number of movies adapted from books.

Personally, I will pick a book over a movie of its adaptation. Your views might vary. Please feel free to share them with me. Tell me what’s the movie you think did 100% justice to the original book.

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I'm a book worm, book blogger, book reviewer and last but not the least, the author of 'Poems of The Clipped Nightingale'. I'm from India and love anything and everything that involves books. I enjoy pencil sketching, traveling and photography. Reach out to me at theclippednightingale@gmail.com to know more.

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