Book Vs. Movie Essay

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With the constant streaming of new movies and television shows available, moviegoers tend to watch them for fun. They see an entertaining movie about conflict that sparks the sense of adventure in them. But do they really grasp what the movie can teach the viewers? With today’s society, the themes are lost in the entertainment purposes. However, books have developed to do what a movie does and so much more. In this way books give life to all people that read them.
When a person reads a book they are entranced in the plot line. They have to comprehend and understand in order to finish the book and have it make sense. Movies can just be idly watched without gaining attention or intellect. Due to this, movies do not leave an impression. They dwindle to their closing, and then it is done. People may spend time after the movie ranting or praising the screen writers with their friends, but after a few days it is gone. Books, on the other hand, stay with them. They take longer than just a couple hours to finish and reach the climax. Readers spend more time with these characters then they do with those of a movie, even if they are the same characters doing the same things. From books readers learn the character’s thoughts, actions, reasoning and intentions instead of just their actions and partial reasoning. This develops their personality and morals more clearly so it is easy to relate and criticize them. The characters come to life in the minds of the reader bring a new life to the person. With this new life to connect to, it leads to the better understanding of the themes the book is trying to relay.
Themes are the spine and soul of a book. Writing a book that does not teach you anything would be pointless. Even if it is a simple theme, it will always be included in a book. But in movies, they can come out warped and twisted from what the book intended it to be. It may not even be able to relate the message so it is understood fully or at all. They are limited on time. A movie cannot be four hours long or longer. They have to make cuts to keep it within a certain length. The movie based off of Inkheart by Cornelia Funke takes out many scenes that are important to the book. They also change the entire ending so it throws off the original themes and meanings in the book. This movie did a terrible job with connecting the two pieces together and left many people upset with the ending. The book was a glorified version of the movie when compared. That is how it should be.
Inkheart was not the only book that changed when turned into a movie. Tuesday’s with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, is another example of a movie that changes what the book intended. The movie did a great job of portraying the book though it did make some changes that changed the focus of the movie. Instead of fully receiving the concept of “it is never too late,” the lesson that anyone can have an impact on another person is shown. Though these are very similar, they are not the same. The...

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