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Books vs. movies, let’s settle the debate 

It has been quite the raving question as to which one to pick- books or movies? Each of them has its plus points and downsides. It depends on which of the two you genuinely enjoy spending your time doing. Both books and movies are great forms of storytelling, each having its strengths. 


Bookworks would argue that books are the superior choice. There is only so much space to disagree. Books often provide a deeper insight about the story and readers can delve further into the world of their favorite characters. The author is allowed to portray the emotions and backgrounds in a much more descriptive manner. Adding on, books allow readers to explore more complex themes with relative ease in a more contemplative manner. 


Movies have the advantage of auditory and visual elements which add to the emotional impact of a particular story. They can bring stories to life with visuals, special effects, and music, allowing a larger audience to connect to the story. They can connect to a broader audience and can convey a story in a shorter time. 

Now let us look at some of the best movie adaptations of books/series. 

Author: Harper Lee 

Director: Robert Mulligan 

The book is a classic work of literature that addresses the issues of racial discrimination and moral growth in South America in the 1930s. The book served as a metaphor for the harm which was caused to innocent individuals. 

The movie celebrated the poignant portrayal of racial injustice. Remember the iconic performance of Gregory Pick as Atticus Finch. 

Author: F.Scott Fitzgerald 

Director: Baz Luhrmann 

It is a classic novel set in the twenties. The story follows through the narration of Nick Carraway who becomes entangled in the lives of her neighbors, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. The novel explores themes of the American Dream, wealth, and the illusion of social success. 

The movie is a visually stunning book adaptation and has received praise for its style and performance. 

Author: Thomas Harris 

Director: Jonathan Demme 

The book revolves around FBI trainee Clarice Starling who seeks the help of imprisoned cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannical Lecter to catch another serial killer Buffalo Bill. As the story unfolds, it delves into many other psychological complexities and a climax that keeps the readers wanting more. 

The movie has received huge commercial and critical success and has won multiple Academy Awards, including that of Best Picture. 

Which one do you prefer? Books or Movies? 

Do let us know! 

Thanks a lot for reading!  Author: Amrita Mukherjee

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