Would you rather read a good book or watch a movie ?

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  1. wytegarillaz profile image59
    wytegarillazposted 12 years ago

    Would you rather read a good book or watch a movie ?

    If so why ? I personally love to read a book as there are no adverts !


    1. B98 Bookclub profile image61
      B98 Bookclubposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Movies are great, and they usually take much more effort and expenses to create, but there is nothing better than reading a book. While it is relaxing and entertaining, it also prompts much more creativity and productive thinking for the reader. I choose book over movie every time.

  2. epigramman profile image60
    epigrammanposted 12 years ago

    ...well to be quite honest - I'd rather share a hot tub with Pamela Anderson - lol lol - it's getting mighty cold here by the lake of my Erie - lol - got to chase these blues away - so hey Pam bring along a bottle of red .........    lake erie time ontario canada 6:23pm

  3. Rosie2Travel profile image61
    Rosie2Travelposted 12 years ago

    I'd rather read a good book. It makes/allows you to make up in your mind how the scenes would look--like you get to be the director of the movie you'd make. Plus you get to enjoy it at your own leisure.

    Although there are the exceptions: the Star Wars series, the Die Hard Series, and sometimes when a movie is based on a book and it is just really good. Like BBC's Persuasion or Pride & Prejudice.

  4. ohsoamberx profile image60
    ohsoamberxposted 12 years ago

    I love reading, I read quite a few books a month. If the book I read is made into a movie I like to watch the movie after I read the book to see how it compares. But it always depends on my mood. Some nights I feel like snuggling on the couch with my boyfriend and watch a movie. and other times I will just read for hours on end.

  5. ptosis profile image68
    ptosisposted 12 years ago


    Book over movie. Just finished Rapsutin  by Brian Moynahan. Just about read every book on Rasputin. T

    his book is very good. It's pretty cold outside and already more than half way through "The book of Universes" by John Barrow. I would watch animations of these fractal universes with infinite radius in 1 direction and zero radius in the 2 right angle directions  - or a Calabi-Yau space.

  6. maxoxam41 profile image64
    maxoxam41posted 12 years ago

    As long as they are good, I won't discriminate the medium. I love previews, advertisements when they are creative.

  7. Cresentmoon2007 profile image65
    Cresentmoon2007posted 12 years ago

    It depends on what kind of mood I am. Sometimes I'd rather kick back and read a good book, especially prior to going to bed. Other times I will admit that I do like to watch a good movie.

  8. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 12 years ago

    I like reading a good book better than watching a movie--although I enjoy movies too.  With a book i can pace it myself, stop, wander, get back to reading--whatever suits my mood.

  9. Jyoti Patil profile image60
    Jyoti Patilposted 12 years ago

    I personally love reading books. I get involved in them as a character. Movies end fast.

  10. Julie Nou profile image54
    Julie Nouposted 12 years ago

    I love these two activities.. but sometimes, i act on impulse.. so whatever comes to my mind and find it appealing to do, that's what i'll do smile

  11. ajaodegaard profile image61
    ajaodegaardposted 12 years ago

    I like to read a good book and then see the movie! I love to get lost in a book and see it all play out in my head, but if there is a movie about the book I will go see that too just to see how they translate the book in the movie.

  12. profile image0
    Old Empresarioposted 12 years ago

    I used to prefer movies. Now I prefer to read literature and non-fiction. Movies are easier to do, but books make you think.

  13. athena2011 profile image57
    athena2011posted 12 years ago

    For me it would be to watch a movie since all day long doing my work requires reading. My eyes are tired after a day's work so sitting on the couch, relaxing with a good movie is just what I need.

    I have a service from my cable company where I can record shown onto the unit so I typically do not see much ads at all as I can fast forward them.

  14. Adalie profile image57
    Adalieposted 12 years ago

    I rather read a book. The characters are better looking in my head. I have a wild imagination, and no movie or graphic/visual effects can top that.

  15. AliceApocalypse profile image68
    AliceApocalypseposted 12 years ago

    For certain, read a book.  My first experience of this comparison was in the sixth grade.  As a hyper child, I was removed from the classroom and placed in isolation for the day. At that time, isolation was the library and there I read 101 Dalmations, in paperback from cover to cover.  When I finally saw the movie it was not as exciting as the book.  Same with Star Wars, Stephen King movies, etc.  Book > Movies

  16. Gulligris profile image59
    Gulligrisposted 12 years ago

    I'd rather read a book because it puts me in the director's chair.  My own imagination gets to fill in the images and wrap the phrases in the meanings that my own mind generates. 

    I find that when I watch a movie, I get distracted from the plot by the details of colors, gestures, accents, clothing, and music.  Maybe I'm a little A.D.D.  I just think movies give too much information.

    I also like the fact that in books, I am in control of the pace.  I can speed read over certain parts, and often do.  I can also slow down and savor parts, or re-read sentences that are particularly beautiful or thought provoking. 

    Movies don't allow me to control the speed.  Movies take over my mind too much.

    But that's also the strength of a good movie.  It can blow your mind away with the rich combination of music, colors, images, expressive characters and plot, all coming at you at once.  And that can be fun.

    In a few rare cases, I actually prefer the movie over the book, but that is soooo rare.

    (Sense and Sensibility, the film with Emma Thompson, is one example.  She used the fantastic language of Jane Austen and combined it with the most glorious cinematography-- that was an instance when my imagination was not as good as the movie turned out to be.)

  17. SilkThimble profile image73
    SilkThimbleposted 12 years ago

    I definitely prefer to read a book. I certainly enjoy movies, but watching films is something I can go without for long periods. Not so with books!

  18. Murfomurf profile image55
    Murfomurfposted 12 years ago

    Read a good book- it lasts much longer than a movie and I can exercise my imagination.

  19. Dawit T profile image61
    Dawit Tposted 12 years ago

    Depends on my mood. I don't read a lot of books and find it a lot easier to watch pasively instead of reading.

  20. THEHuG5 profile image59
    THEHuG5posted 12 years ago

    Oh this is a tough one.....this is almost too tough lol. I gotta go with books though. You can read a book at your own pace and in a lot of cases and you can imagine the story in your head so everybody has their own vision of the story in their mind. With movies you're already given everything so there's no need for imagination.

  21. Leanna McCarthy profile image60
    Leanna McCarthyposted 12 years ago

    A book for sure. I find movies are a bit too passive, especially Hollywood blockbusters.

  22. EyesStraightAhead profile image73
    EyesStraightAheadposted 12 years ago

    Both actually. I just finished reading "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks because I know the movie is coming out soon. I always prefer to read a book before I watch the movie so I can enjoy what the author was portraying first. I am able to visualize the characters and follow them as the author describes instead of how the casting director has decided they will be. However, I love to watch movies as well and get lost in the plot visually and see the story come to life outside of my imagination!

  23. bluewaterbay profile image60
    bluewaterbayposted 12 years ago

    I do enjoy both activities, but I'd have to go with watching a movie. Usually after working all day I like to do something relaxing, and movies tend to be more relaxing to me. Also, it's easier to eat and watch than eat and read big_smile

  24. wonderingwoolley profile image59
    wonderingwoolleyposted 12 years ago

    It defintely depends on my mood, but also on the book I am reading. If it's a great book- I'd rather read that, whether I am in a good mood or not. If I'm in a crappy mood, and not feeling my book, I'd choose the movie. If I'm in a good mood- or if it's a beautiful day outside, I'm going with the book. Books are amazing!

  25. Lady Wordsmith profile image75
    Lady Wordsmithposted 12 years ago

    I don't think there's really any need to choose between the two; I do both.  I might watch a good movie in an evening, and then read afterwards.  Books are usually better, because it's easier for the author to include as much detail as they'd like - film makers are necessarily limited by time and budget.  But there's something very magical about watching your favourite books come to life on screen - sure, the film might not live up to the expectations of all of the die-hard book fans, but I appreciate when a good movie has been able to capture the essence of what the author was trying to tell us, even if it's not been able to include as much detail as we might like.


  26. lovetherain profile image81
    lovetherainposted 6 years ago

    read a book


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