Thursday, May 22, 2008

Booking Through Thursday : Books Vs Movies

Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie?

I don't think there's really a difference for me in what I want from a book and what I want from a movie. What i'm looking for in both is emotions and/or reflection and / or dreams. Books and movies are two different ways to obtain that. Of course, a movie would more easily make me cry or laugh, but a book can do that too. How many times didn't I cry my eyes out when Mouse's lover, John dies in the Tales of the City series? How many times people didn't look at me funny when I had a banana smile on my face while reading a book?

Surely the great difference between a book and a movie is that a movie is one hour and a half long, so it needs to go straight to the point. Therefore emotions are more intense, but in the same time you're not attached to the characters in the same way as in a book who you spend hours to read.
About the make-me-dream part, it's equal on both side, really. As well as for the reflexion part. It all depends on the books and the movies.

But I must admit here that I fall in love more easily with books characters than movie characters. I can't count them anymore, between Christopher Chant as Chrestomanci, Edward Cullen the vampire, Izumi Sano from the manga series Hana Kimi, Mouse from Tales of the City (yeah I know he's gay...) or Professor Snape, and others as well;o) Yeah I know I fall in love a lot;o)


Anonymous said...

I agree. I've never felt passionately about any movie character.

heather (errantdreams) said...

For me there's definitely some difference between the two. The shorter timeframe means I tend to be looking for entertainment and action preferentially---i.e., I tend to want escapism from my movies. Not that I don't enjoy a good drama now and then, but usually I prefer drama to come in books, where I can linger over and appreciate it more.