Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Books or Movies

Being that I'm an avid reader, as well as an author, when given the choice between whether I prefer a book or a movie, I like books better. Often if I see a movie based on a book, I think “the book was better.” But not always. I love the Narnia books and I love the Narnia movies. Not just because the heroes were drop dead gorgeous (albiet too young for me) but they explored character conflicts in the movie that weren’t done in the book.

Still, I love really "geting into the characters' heads" and feeling what they feel and knowing what they think. A good actor can portray this to some degree, but not as deeply as a book can.

I also love Jane Austen movies as well as the books. Even though I write Regencies, and use the Austen books to help me create that believeable Regency feel, the movies are just plain fun and it’s easier to understand the terms of speech when linked with expressions, tones of voice etc. And I, of course, imagine if they ever turned my book “The Stranger She Married” into a movie, who would play the roles. Hugh Jackman might be a good Cole…

Another good thing about movies, the only last an hour or two, whereas books will take all day, or days. And it's hard to go to a book with my husband.

Which do you prefer? Books or movies?


Lauri said...

It's books for me. I'm often curled up on the couch reading a good book while my hubby is watching a movie on pay for view. While reading I can catch enough of the movie to discuss it with him when it's over, and yes, if it's a really good one, I've been known to put the book down and watch it with him.


Rebecca J. Clark said...

I really enjoy both. If I read a book, though, then see the movie, I almost always am disappointed in the movie version. The only exception I can think of is Silence of the Lambs. Bad book, great movie.