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Reasons why reading book is much better than watching its movie adaptation

India TV News Desk 20 Nov 2014, 19:48:51 PM IST
India TV News Desk

We have often seen one of our friends (who has already read the book) complaining after watching a movie that the book was much better than its cinematic adaptation.

There have been many instances where the book hasn't done injustice to the author's vision.

RK Narayanan was not satisfied with the film adaptation of his work ‘The Guide' even though movie was a huge success.

Similarly Stephen king disliked ‘The Shining', Burgess hated ‘A Clockwork Orange'. We have all been testimony to how Dan Brown's modern classic ‘Da Vinci Code' was ruined when it was adapted into a motion picture.

The basic difference between reading and watching a movie is that reading demands time and patience.

Reading a book is like having a raw sketch on the canvas and you have to put your own color into it because you will create your characters in sync with your own imagination and surrounding.

Whereas when you watch a movie your see it through the director's eye, it's already a finished painting, it might not be the way author had wanted you to visualize it or at least perceive it.

Here we have compiled a list of reasons, why one should better stick to book than watching movies only


Thing which is impossible to narrate on television is the 'minutest' detailing of an event, because there are things that can't be shown they are just to be felt.



We often read and see authors complaining about casting of actors not in accordance with the character they have visualized, while writing the novel.


It takes hell lot of time to write a good book, and how it would be possible to judge it within the span of 2-3 hrs? 

On the contrary when you read a book normally it takes some time and the story builds on you gradually.


Reading will make you more observant and reading in solitude often brings out the subtlest of emotions.

But cinema mostly has melodramatic effect and the best part is you don't have to laugh when others are laughing.

Success quotient 

It is a known fact that world's greatest of mind were voracious readers.

Successful people from all walks of life are habitual readers, so it will help you in expanding your own horizon and will add a blend of intellect in your personality.

Cinema has its own effect, you may start imitating the actor or dialogue in his way, but when you will read it then you will be the hero of the film and you will live the character in your way