Why books are NOT better than movies

Don’t we often hear books are better than movies?

Yet seldom do we hear the reverse: “books are not better than movies” … “movies are better than books!” If you think we got our heads stuck in a movie…

Don’t we often hear books are better than movies?

Sure as heck we hear it often. “Books are better,” she says. Or “books make you smarter,” he says. Teachers never forget mentioning “books are food for thought.” Critics populate endless lists of “Top 100 books to read.”

Yet seldom do we hear the reverse: “books are not better than movies” … “movies are better than books!” If you think we got our heads stuck in a movie, think again.

Alphabet – aka the almighty search engine Google – is a thermometer of sorts. Beyond searching for “best restaurants” or “why my boyfriend cheats,” Google is a social wonder, a first aid box, the nurse before the doctor. 2,290 results are displayed after Googling “why movies are better than books.” Compare that to 35,500 results associated with “why books are better than movies.”

The quantitative difference is telling. Surely it confirms the obvious: that people value books. Less obvious though, are the reasons. The WHY. Even better, stretch that thought a bit and we end up scratching our heads: perhaps not many are convinced that books are better than movies. MAYBE, asking “why books are better than movies” gauges  millions of suspicions. MAYBE, answer-seekers would rather watch a good movie than read a good book.

We’d watch a good movie anytime over reading a good book. That’s not to say reading is bad or denying the existence of bookworms. Take yourself for example, you know this is not a book, and still here you are reading. We read, we enjoy reading.

But we also enjoy reading movies with our eyes. Watching pictures in action. Suspense embodied. Comedy come alive. Drama gone wild. Erotica in flesh. Romance triangulated. Docs on screen. Thrillers in flames.

Movies are better, short, enthralling, and immerse us in their imaginary world. A good movie isn’t just a past-time, it makes us forget time. We tumble down the rabbit hole, watching the twists and turns of scenes and cuts.

Could it be an inter-generational mismatch? Once upon a time, letters inspired imaginations. Today, a thousand words inspire images. When images move they come alive. And so we get movies!

 

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