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Books to Movies: Pros Despite the Cons

Those of us who read a lot probably all think that the book is better than the movie. While there are some rare cases where the movie is actually pretty decent or sticks close enough to the book to still represent the same message, surely we can agree that for the most part the book is best. At least, that is my opinion as a bookworm.

I just recently remembered that I need to ask my mom to try and grab me a copy of The Maze Runner from our local library (I'm rereading it for a literature club that I lead and I needed a copy) and I recalled that the last time I had looked (to get my brother a copy), there had been at least three copies available. As I remembered all of this, a thought occurred to me- that this is actually one of the benefits of the book-to-movie trend.

You see, generally there are several copies of each book in these dystopian trilogies due to the high demand before the movies are released. Everyone wants to find out what the newest blockbuster is about! This means more copies at the library, yes, but also that people who might not normally read or read a certain genre are picking up a book or series to dive into.

I'm sure there are still the people who don't enjoy reading as much, for whatever reason it might be, and who are more than happy to just watch the movie. While the movie probably won't be as good as the book, they'll still get to enjoy the characters and the plot. Hopefully the movie still conveys what the author was trying to in the book, because that's really what's most important right?

Sharing an experience or lesson through a good storyline.

I think so at least. It's just a bonus to see some of your favorite characters brought to life on screen and their adventures played out with action-packed scenes and cool effects.

We can moan about Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief or City of Bones, but what counts is that these characters' stories are being shared. Whether the trailer catches someone's eye and they go to watch it in the theater, or it inspires them to pick up a copy of the book from their local library, they're hearing about the characters and what drives them to do what they've done or will do. The story and the moral behind it spreads, which enables more and more people to enjoy it. :)

Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


  1. Very rarely do I like the movie just as much as the book or in a really rare case more than the book. In the case of the Maze Runner, I actually liked the movie more, go figure! There are a lot of changes and differences though that bugged me but overall I was more entertained by the movie for some reason.

    Anyhoo, you definitely can't judge one over the other. There are always just too much change, which I know there has to be but still, books are almost always better.

  2. That's a great point! I know a large part of the success of The Martian, the book, is owing to trailers for The Martian, the movie, catching people's eye.

  3. There are cases where I love the movie more than the book, especially because some stories just seem to translate better on the screen :)


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