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Top 5 reasons reading books is better than watching movies. From proper character development to growing imagination.

5 reasons reading books is better than watching movies

Reading for some of us is like meditation. Our love for books is directly proportional to our age. As we grow old, the love of books just keeps on multiplying. We do love a good movie, but we always think the movie never does justice to the novel it was supposedly based on. The list of reasons why novels are better than movies is very long, but these are the top 5 reasons reading books is better than watching movie.


Reading a novel gives you insight inside the character’s head, making it feel more relatable to why the character did what it did because we knew what he was thinking. On the other hand, in movies you always can’t connect to character because the actor wasn’t doing a good enough job of portraying his emotion. We book lovers tend to find movie tedious. I know people find books very boring because of the attention to detail it requires. And in this technology-oriented era, we have to admit our attention spans have taken a very big hit.


Movie writers often modify the novels to suit their requirements, but end up somehow ruining the whole story, the biggest example being Game of Thrones. The most talked show a few years back ended up becoming the biggest disappointment of the decade. Movies are undoubtedly having always been low on details and we get it that they have to fit everything within a 2-hour frame, but I always appreciate the intricate details more to be satisfied with movies. Novels have a tendency to transport you to a whole different place amidst its course.


Novels make you love each and every character as much as the main character that the movies majority of the time overlooks. Like in Harry Potter series, we all loved Doby in the movies, but those who have read the books have a whole another level of love for Doby and the movies did not do justice to Sirius Black like the books did. If you have read the book before watching the movie based on it, you’ll always be disappointed in the movie. We readers often complain that the characters were, not how they were described in the books, which ends up ruining the book as well as movies for us. The movie can never compare to the world that the author has already created for us.


Reading is a practice that most great leaders adapt over time. Reading has always been a great way of teaching yourself to be patient and in making you observant of details and in your overall personality development and the most important pro of reading a book is it does not impair your eyesight. Seriously, the less screen time you have, the better you are. And what better way than a day spent reading? The impact that reading can have on your vocabulary is nothing short of a miracle. Reading has proved to be such a great stress-buster. There’s nothing you can’t handle with a good book and a hot mug of your favorite drink when you are feeling blue. Reading makes our memory sharp and that is a thing that’ll be very handy for anyone.


You don’t have to imagine anything when you watch a movie, basically everything is served to you on the silver platter from the sceneries to the main lead’s looks. You just have to see what is in front of you and nothing else and you are done. But with books they gradually build up to every scene making your imagination blossom like a flower in spring. You have to keep track of everything from the beginning to the end in the fear of forgetting an important detail that’ll mess up the book. And seriously, how much scope to imagination can a movie just 2 hours give anyone? Basically zero. On the other hand, books have taught us to imagine how a mountain looks, how a new flower blooms and how the silence of a dark empty corridor can be chilling. The power of our imaginable is pretty cool, isn’t it? I mean the greatest shows and plays of all time are based on some spectacular novels written by the greatest minds ever born. The world is such a wonderful place with books in it. I mean would we be if we don’t have books? I can’t imagine a world without books in it. I wish more and more people will take up reading than they currently are.

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