Pros And Cons Of Books Being Made Into Movies

I am sure many of us have heard or said the following phrase multiple times: “The book was so much better than the movie!” For the last few decades, Hollywood has taken it upon themselves to bring to light the most popular books and stories for a greater audience. From classics like Little Women to the popular Lord of the Rings series, readers and movie-goers are in a dilemma which platform they prefer. 


Gumtree outlines the pros and cons of books being turned into movies:

Pros of books being turned into movies:

  1. Movie adaptations can make the books more popular, especially if they star famous actors. A classic example of this is ‘The Passion of Christ’, which became an instant best-seller after the release of the movie.
  2. While reading books, people use their imagination and creative side to visualise the elements being described. However, movies can bring to life these artistic and visual aspects, which an audience would love to see in reality.
  3. Movies can be an excellent alternative to those who cannot read or dislike reading.
  4. Occasionally, there are movies based on popular books that end up being some of the greatest movies of all times in terms of direction and production. Classic examples of this are the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series.

Cons of books being transformed into movies:

  1. A badly made movie can adversely affect the reputation of its source book too.
  2. Many times, directors and screenplay writers do not follow the narrative of the book, leading to disappointment for movie-goers, especially if it is a popular book.
  3. Movies, most times, are not able to do justice or fully represent the book, especially all the little details.
  4. With the making of a movie, it is possible that the original book is overlooked or ignored.
  5. Movies can deter people from reading the book all together.


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