I try not to compare them. I think of them as different interpretations of the same story.
Some movies are good, some are bad. Some books are good, some are bad.
There's no reason why I can't like a movie and a book equally.
Always the book! But it's still fun to watch the movie after:)
I usually like the book better because the details are richer, and I am allowed inside the character's head. Movies often have to cut a lot out of the book for simple time reasons.
BUT, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, made absolutely no sense to me until I saw the movie, and I had a hard time conceptualizing quidich, from the Harry Potter books until I saw the movie.
Books are almost always better than the movie, with some exceptions. Scifi stories I often don't visualize the alien creatures or the unusual landscaped or scene as well as the movie maker did. What I don't like about movies is they don't put you in the head the characters as well as the book, or include as much detail of why the characters act the way they are.
I do want to mention that there is something magical about words. The language and the descriptions has a way of pulling the reader into the story. Our senses are magnified and heightened to the point where we feel like we are a part of the story. We are taken into a fantasy world that we created in our own minds that is not influenced by any one elses' interpretation or visual but our own. So it more to our liking and satisfaction than a movie in which its vision is that of someone elses.
The thing I like about the book is that it gets you into the heads of the characters better than the movie can.
My experience has always been that the book is better. This is not to say that the movie isn't good, but very often scenes are cut and I find that I'm missing them. I've also visualized the scenes and characters a certain way and when the film does something different I often find I'm disappointed. Terrific question! Good luck with your article.
Agree with previously made comments. However, sometimes a film of a poor book may offer some entertainment value so I've gone with "Book is mostly better than the movie", though Katie's point certainly holds true a lot of the time :)
Great question! I agree with what Robyn said.
I have found that if I read the book first and like it, I usually don't enjoy the movie. And if I enjoy the movie first, I don't like the book. There have only been a couple exceptions to the rule, like the Harry Potter films and books. I have enjoyed both.
The book is always better than the movie. Because when you read the book, it plays in your head different than it plays in another person's head. When you watch the movie, it's all the same for everyone. But I might see Professor McGonagal or Harry different than you might see them just by reading the very same book. That's the beauty of being able to read the story. Rather than watching it. Great question!