Novels build anticipation with every page

Mandy Wu, Multimedia Editor

Movies may seem like the easier option when looking for entertainment, but books present way more of an immersive experience.

Books encourage readers to have their own interpretation of the story. There is no visual aspect to them; therefore, all of it has to be imagined. The plot, characters, and setting are entirely up to one mind. This allows fans to envision what the characters look and sound like or where the plot takes place. The personal interpretation creates a unique experience.

A novel can be entertaining for more than just a short time. Movies are usually about two hours long, while books can lead to days of enjoyable reading. This builds excitement and anticipation with every page turn. Rather than a scene that only lasts a few short minutes, reading can be kept at any speed and gives time for the reader to fully absorb and appreciate the story.

When books are adapted into movies, novels are far more descriptive. Movies are faster paced and not every element of the plot or setting can be captured on screen. In books, every last detail is crafted onto the page, elevating every event that happens. In film, if viewers don’t have their full attention to the screen, anything can be easily missed. No matter how accurate filmmakers can be, it is nearly impossible to squeeze hundreds of pages into one movie.

Additionally, actors are a key part to every film, but a mediocre cast can certainly leave fans dissatisfied. In films, if the actor can’t play the part, it’s hard to enjoy what’s being watched. However, in novels, the characters’ every expression and action is meticulously written, so fans can visualize their own ideas about the characters without bad actors getting in the way.

On the other hand, not all movies are adapted from books. With these films, what’s seen on screen is essentially the only version the audience can visualize. With books, there are endless possibilities to world building.

Although movies can sometimes be better than books, this is hardly ever the case. Books don’t need to be made into movies, and movies simply can’t be held to the same high standard as books.