What examples come to mind? Or is it sometimes just a matter of which version you see first, as that will define the story for you, regardless of which version was made first?
From my experience, the book has always been better than the movie it was based on.
I remember when I read “To Kill a Mocking Bird”. I felt in love with the maid in the book. She was a heavy-set, black woman and very loveable. I saw the movie and I loved it, but…when the maid came on, I was very disappointed. She was black, but very thin and, while loveable, she didn’t have that huggable quality the maid had in the book. The maid in the book interacted with the children very often. In the movie, hardly at all. In the movie, she was just a maid who came in to cook and clean and disappeared
On the other hand, I first saw the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. While watching the movie, I was confused by the Indian in the movie. He looked and looked, but never said anything. I wondered if maybe he was deaf. At the end of the movie, we get a hint of what was going on with him. I had to read the book to understand the movie. In the book, everything is from the Indian’s voice. He speaks about what is going on in the hospital. I understood why he did not speak in the movie. The book was way better at explaining things. I really liked the Indian in the book.
I guess when I read a book, I have to use my imagination and things are, somehow, way more interesting. The movie doesn’t let me use my imagination. It’s all right there in front of me, so I don’t have to think about anything. And when I read a book, I stop when I want to and am able to think about the characters and what they’re all about.
So in my opinion, a book is better than a movie anytime of the day.
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