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Why I Prefer Books to Movies

I am less and less motivated to write anything serious these days, and that is probably because I have to give up my book reading to write. I'm probably reading at least five full-length books a week. I finished The Appeal by John Grisham yesterday, as well as Dead Man's Island by Carolyn G. Hart. Today I started Gray Mountain by Grisham, but haven't gotten far yet because we went to see The War Room this afternoon. I also had to get tonight's blog done.

I was reminded once again why I don't like to see movies in theaters. I don't like being bombarded with previews of movies I would never choose to see. The War Room is a Christian movie about the power of prayer in healing relationships and families. The previews that preceded it were deemed to be suitable for Christian audiences, but I still had to cover my eyes. I am just overly sensitive to violence and trauma. There are very few movies without that. So I would rather read. In a book you can skip parts you don't want to read. You don't have music leading you to a more frightened state of mind as you anticipate violence. I don't like to spend money to be scared or stressed emotionally. I would rather laugh. There is stress enough in the real world for me, and I can get it free on the news casts.

How about you? What kind of movies do you like? Would you rather watch or read?


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valmnz wrote on September 14, 2015, 2:32 AM

I too prefer books to movies. I probably need to follow your lead and reduce my online time to read more. Five books a week is impressive.

Paulie wrote on September 14, 2015, 2:48 AM

Actually, I have watched very few movies lately. I prefer to read because I can use my imagination more and be active thinking.

CalmGemini wrote on September 14, 2015, 2:50 AM

It is indeed wonderful that you are reading five books a week.I too like to read books than see movies.But not for the reasons you mention.I see all types of movies,including horror.Of course,I do not like unnecessary violence and gore.When you get time you could see some drama movies or comedies with no violence.But do not slow down on reading.

MegL wrote on September 14, 2015, 2:57 AM

I would rather read than watch, I get more from it. There's always something I don't get in a film.

Dawnwriter wrote on September 14, 2015, 3:09 AM

I also prefer books over movies. There are very few movies that capture the magic of the book except for Hobbit of which I enjoyed the movie version more than the book.

chrisandmark wrote on September 14, 2015, 4:30 AM

I prefer reading to movies hands down, I can't think of a single recent(ish) film that has inspired me whereas I find inspiration even in a book I end up not being too happy with. I did watch World War Z recently after really enjoying the book, the movie wasn't too bad but much the same as everything else coming out of Hollywood these days

cheri wrote on September 14, 2015, 4:59 AM

We just cannot serve two masters at the same time.
I do also prefer books than in movies because most of the times, film makers commercialized the movie version.

morilla wrote on September 14, 2015, 5:06 AM

The key to books is that it is your imagination which is invoked to create the 'picture.' With movies, it's somebody else's vision of how things play out.

jiangliu1949 wrote on September 14, 2015, 7:14 AM

I am amazed at how fast you read.But then,I find out that fewer and fewer people like to read nowadays,whereas ,more and more people gaze at their smart phones as long as they have time on their hands .I like reading some of our ancient books ,though sometimes they are difficult to get into .

JohnRoberts wrote on September 14, 2015, 9:02 AM

I am a heavy reader and movie watcher and balance time for both. I recently finished Gray Mountain by John Grisham.

AliCanary wrote on September 14, 2015, 3:45 PM

I can handle all kinds of fictional horror and violence, but what I see on the news shocks me. It's definitely different when it's real.

WordChazer wrote on September 14, 2015, 4:57 PM

Books. Articles. News articles. Music. I LOATHE films and will quite happily sleep on the rare occasions my husband is now remiss enough to insist I go to the cinema. Why do I want to PAY to waste 2 hours or more sitting in a darkened space with people checking their mobiles every five nanoseconds? Where the air stinks of stale popcorn and spilt pop. And the seats aren't even comfortable? When I run out of news or mobile battery, I need my Kindle to be ready. And if I am not allowed to use my mobile, i.e. on a flight, I need enough reading or editing to be available on my laptop drive, Kindle or inflight to keep me sane already.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:37 AM

I wish I had the time to read a book a day.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:37 AM

I wonder if it's because we are writers we prefer to read.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:39 AM

I guess movies just seem like a waste of time to me. Reading seems so much faster than watching the same amount of words.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:40 AM

If we don't get something in a book, we can keep reading a part over until we do get it.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:41 AM

My husband loves all those Hobbit movies, especially the Lord of the Rings. They are too scary for me to watch, though I've read them all.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:42 AM

I've usually been disappointed in movies I've seen after reading the books.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:45 AM

Some books are marketed a lot, too. especially those based on movies or related to them. And then there are all the licensed products from stuffed animals to lunch boxed based on both books and movies.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:46 AM

Very true. I prefer my version. I don't like having a movie image mess with the image I already have in my head.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:47 AM

I just can't get into smart phones and hardly know what to do with my tablet. I sure know what to do with a book, though.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:48 AM

I think you are missing a lot if you don't read much. But to each her own.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:50 AM

I have almost finished Gray Mountain. Donovan just died. So far this is my least favorite of Grisham's books that I've read. I get his message, but it's too loud.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:51 AM

I agree that not too much is worse than what really happens when bad people do bad things for real.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 4:53 AM

Sounds like we are kindred spirits. I would never go see a movie if I had to pay for the ticket, and I agree that most movies I've seen have wasted my time.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 15, 2015, 8:59 AM

Eventually I will post my review and take. He has gotten heavy handed in his more recent books.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 15, 2015, 9:01 AM

World War Z with Brad Pitt? I thought it was awful with gaping flaws as I recall.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 15, 2015, 9:02 AM

That is why these days you stay home and watch DVDs or cable or satellite or stream.

WordChazer wrote on September 15, 2015, 3:12 PM

You might watch DVDs etc, John. I prefer writing in silence or with some electronic music in the background.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 15, 2015, 3:45 PM

Well, too each his own. We all have our preferences.

BarbRad wrote on September 15, 2015, 11:27 PM

I agree. I finished the book today, and the ending was too predictable and not very satisfying. I don't like it when the bad guys win, even if it may be realistic.

Paulie wrote on September 16, 2015, 4:50 AM

I think it definitely plays a part in our preference for reading.

VinceSummers wrote on September 16, 2015, 8:45 AM

I don't like most movies. However, as I get older, I don't read as much. Hence I am unusually selective in what I read. But a movie well-done impresses me.

Colibry21 wrote on September 16, 2015, 4:48 PM

I do enjoy both. I'd probably still chose books over movies, but I do enjoy both.

BarbRad wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:35 PM

I don't think movies allow enough time for thought, since the action rarely stops.

BarbRad wrote on September 16, 2015, 11:36 PM

The only time I think a movie beats a book is if it's a musical. Reading Pygmalion was not the same experience as watching My Fair Lady.