Films bring scenes to life, create memories with friends

Olivia Rechtorik, Multimedia Editor

For years, many people considered books to be superior to movies, but today that is no longer true.

Film is a universal experience. Seeing the same movie with friends lets viewers look back on the experience and the fun they had. Going to a theater will never get old, since it’s a great way to bond with people no matter your opinion of the film.

Books are different. It’s not considered a fun activity to sit around in the same room for hours with friends, staring at text on a page in silence. Watching a movie is an activity everybody can enjoy together.

All book fans are able to recall their favorite movie, and quite possibly their top three. Film fans, on the other hand, can have some difficulty naming a book they read for fun. The majority of teens are not up to date with the latest and most popular authors – and that shouldn’t be considered a bad thing. Books are just too long; a lengthy book is difficult to fit into a busy schedule.

Nobody imagines scenes in books the way they are shown in movies. Movies are more visually stimulating; cinematography is what brings a story to life. It’s easy to look back on a specific scene in a movie with great detail, but it’s difficult to recall a specific scene in a book unless it is a pivotal moment in the book.

But the question stands: Why are so many movies made from books? The answer is simple. Books need to be brought to life for an enjoyable experience. Films like Fight Club and American Psycho are two films trending online recently that were based off of books. The movies are what brings their book counterpart so much popularity nowadays.

People tend to say “the book was better,” but they fail to realize that so many different components go into filmmaking. Creating a film from a book is a tricky task, since it requires a careful trimming of unnecessary details from the book for the film adaptation.

For readers, books require more imagination to make the story entertaining. In comparison, it takes teams of people and millions of dollars to create a good film. Actors work hard to make a story come to life for viewers to enjoy. The work that goes into scenes on the big screen needs to be recognized.