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Does a book has more detailed story or a movie?
I like to watch movie first and then read books, as it helps visualize the characters. But I think books have more in-depth and detailed stories than a movie. What do you think?
I like to watch movies first as well, but it sort of destructs my 'own' imagination pattern when I'm reading it. On the other hand, when I'm reading a book, I can create my own image of the scene and character and embellish them in my mind, their facial expressions and all. This leaves me so much satisfied by the last page that when I finally watch the movie on a screen, it makes me a bit annoyed at 'what happened to that scene', 'this is not how I imagined it' etc. Well, movie makers often cut certain scenes to manage a fixed time for the movie, but for it me sort of kills it.
Oh the other hand, I often get 'wow'd by certain on-screen images specially Harry Potter's, that I would kill the book any day to simply watch the movies again and again...they're so magical!!!
Books help you get inside a character's head and see their thoughts. Movies can't do that. This is why I like to read books better than watch the movies. Books also point out minute details such a body language and voice inflection that most people are unable to notice on the screen.
I also have a hard time with movies because screenwriters take the 10 biggest scenes and fill in the rest with stuff that mostly follows the storyline but doesn't have to. This causes a lot of things to get left out. (I took a screenwriting class that totally changed my perspective on books turned into movies.)
But you are right, watching the movie does give you great visuals for the characters and places making the novel easier to visualize and understand, especially if there are many characters and locations.
I think book has definitely more details, and it leaves a lot to your imagination too.
With a lot of films, you've only got 90 minutes to work with. Add to that credentials at the end (5 minutes minimum), the credits at the beginning (3 minutes) and the introduction to characters and so on, and you've got quite a lot to pack in. There's too little time for character development, and people get bored quickly if nothing happens in the process.
In a book however, you can pause that for long periods of time, and there's plenty of metaphors and other descriptive techniques to help you understand the character better.
Take a film like Machete - you learn the character's motives in the beginning, what he's like and why he's known as Machete. Danny Trejo portrays a rugged ex-cop who is hired to become an assassin, and later rebels against the people who hired him. In 2 hours, you've got so much and more.
In a video game like Mass Effect, players develop a relationship with Commander Sheppard through three games, and control his every move, decision and mission.
In a book though, you're given a character and have to stick with it. If you don't like the character enough and you've got around 300 pages of him/her/it, you might as well turn back.
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