- Laura Del
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- Patrick Dumnoi
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I read a novel for the length, the immersion, the prose, the beauty of the language, the whole world that this language invokes in my mind, the character which faces I also have to imagine, etc, etc…. All of this mixed together gives a peculiar, completely different adventure from that of watching a movie. It does demand more concentration and imagination.
But, that doesn’t mean movies are any less intelligent or entertaining. Filmmaking is hard work. Trying to slip a powerful story within a couple of hundred pages is incredibly difficult in its own right, and so is the craft of directing a movie or just creating its sound effect or else. With a book, we just see the writing and think of the author sat behind their desk, penning words. With movies, I imagine a whole team behind the camera making something for our entertainment that they are sweating and having insomnia over. All this makes me respect movies just as much as I respect the ordeal of the writer and their publishing team : what matters is that someone is creating a story for you and putting all of their souls into it. I watch a movie when I want the immediacy of the image, when I want someone to hand me a well-packed story with clear faces, a soundtrack, established settings… the immediacy is everything. That’s what we love about movies, and also the fact that they rarely go over two hours and thus manage to bring us a different kind of storytelling experience : something short and concise, which gives this medium its own power.
It’s always interesting to pinpoint the differences and similarities between the two, but it’s impossible to say if books are objectively better than movies. At least to me. They are two different ways to escape and I have an equal and enormous love for both.
- Morgan Jones
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