The Ultimate Article on whether books are better than the films made on those books
Being an avid book lover, I apologize to the reader for being biased towards books in this article. Nevertheless, I have tried to give films a fighting chance.
Sometimes, we joke about how nice it would be, if ideas could just be imprinted onto our brains, particularly in the context of examinations.
For a long time now, the cinema has been a source of entertainment to many. What attracts people to films is, the promise of a great idea.
“No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
A film is a portal into the minds of the viewers, an opportunity to never quit and deliver excellence. A master director senses this, takes it with both hands , and broadcasts his vision onto our minds.
With the right vision, a director can create nostalgia in our hearts, make twists which make our jaws drop and keep us guessing which way it will go. A film’s greatest advantage can very well be its biggest disadvantage. It is arrogant to think that you can make a film for anyone but yourself. After all, if the director underestimates the imagination of the audience, he disappoints them
Times have changed considerably in the history of cinema. And today, films are being praised for all the wrong reasons. It isn’t passion that drives people to make films anymore, but it’s fame, riches and superstardom.As a result, people’s expectations of films have deteriorated. An Academy Award winner doesn’t necessarily mean a good film, it just means that it doesn’t stink as much as its next cousin.
Films have once been praised as the art of illiterates, rather than the art of scholars, but that doesn’t mean it’s the art of the talentless.
Still, amongst all this chaos, from under the rubble, once in a while, a great film emerges, mesmerizing us and reminding us of the good old days.
Books, to me have been more than a mere source of entertainment. They have incorporated as an irreplaceable addition to my life, which has provided me with so much joy and happiness. From the moment, I pick up a good book, it’s nearly impossible to keep it down, until I finish reading it. Sometimes, I wish I could spend my entire life just reading.
Groucho Marx once famously said “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” I remember that my mom had a rule of “no tv, no novels” during exam week. And the day the exams ended, I’d rush home, switch on the television, sit right in front of it and read my new novel!!
One of my fondest memories, was going to one of my parent’s friends’ house which had a mini library. I was filled with awe, seeing so many books in a house. I distinctly remember screaming “5 more minutes, please!!” as my parents dragged me home.
My immense love for books has not been without reason. A film merely shows us images limited by the scope of the director’s imagination . And a wide screen will only make a bad film twice as bad.
Books allow us far more freedom. Reading takes us into another world, slowly immersing us under another person’s skin, enabling us to feel what they feel.
While reading Oliver twist, the moment where I broke down was when Mr. Brownlow decides to adopt Oliver, because, I had been with Oliver all along and I knew what he had faced and respite, after such a terrible life, was simply beautiful. Nearly all of us have day dreamed of wandering about Hogwarts and riding on Buckbeak.
Films may inspire many and bring out a lot of emotions. But, that’s only for a short time. Books influence us in ways we don’t even realize.
In life, experience is the greatest teacher. A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. Through books, we learn about the value of life, and that, things like death and murder , are not to be taken lightly. Books are a basic foundation of morality. They teach us the importance of keeping friendship above everything else. They remind us that love and happiness are hard to come about and should be cherished. “The Mill on the Floss” , one of my favourites , portrays the fact that we can find tranquility even in a morbid situation like Death , if we are with the person who has loved and cared for us all along.
We feel love and respect for a person, when they help you in our times of need. For this reason, books have been my closest friends. No film can dream of coming close.