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Books versus the movies

August 4, 2009 - Lee Smith
My wife and I have a long-standing point of contention (it never really flares into an argument) over books versus movies. She insists that books are always better, while I try to suggest that the two medium are simply different. I'm willing to bet other couples deal with this. Men, it is said, are more "visual" while women like the detail and imagination a book offers.

Both my wife and I are fans of the Harry Potter series, which ended with book seven some time ago. The movies are still coming out about every summer. The sixth was just released. Before the release of every movie, my wife goes back and re-reads the book. Then, she ends up disappointed by the movie because it isn't "true" to the story.


I try to offer friendly suggestions. Such as a movie (in 2 hours) can't possible include everything in the book. A movie must time-compress scenes and plot. This is OK with me, even if the story changes a little. I like seeing the book "brought to life" by actors and through special effects. And since I've already read the book, I can enjoy the plot quickly again without having to spend 12 hours (or more) leafing through pages of text.

I don't suppose their is any resolution to all of this. I'll only suggest that book-lovers re-read the book AFTER they see the movie. Then your husbands can enjoy the film in peace.


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