Why Books win over Films: A reader’s opinion
Whenever I look at a book, I feel mesmerized. Why? Because a book takes me to an imaginary world inside my head; a world I, and only I, get to decide the shade of the sky. Not something that you’d feel on watching the trailer or poster of a movie. There, everything has already been defined. The colour, the theme, the tone, the peculiarities—everything has been laid down for me.
As a reader, I believe that the effects and impacts of a book are more long-term than those of a film. Books don’t offer quick entertainment. It’s not necessarily pleasant to the eye and requires immense patience to sit calmly for countless hours. I see many people not preferring books because books can’t give the taste of entertainment people seek in the fast-paced world of today. But if we proceed to do an analysis of the influence of what a book has in contrast to a film, the book holds a very strong position.
Audio-Visual vs. well, nothing
Let me point out an extraordinary quality that only an Audio-Visual medium like film possesses, which is its ability to engage more than one senses. Films can create everlasting visual scenes mixed with coherent sounds that exploit our eyes and ears. Technology has now gone a step ahead to capture further senses such as touch and smell. It is this ability to communicate to various senses simultaneously that film fanatics put forth in their argument.
Many of them will argue that the film offers a medium through which audience can be exposed to unimaginable worlds and multidisciplinary emotions by creating an immerse medium by engaging as many senses as possible.
But isn’t it a little bullish that by capturing every possible sense, films try to put the director’s world of imagination down the throat of the audience? However broadened director’s views are, audience have to accept the film as it’s shown. Sometimes, In spite of being a highly-captivating medium, films are not able to express what can be easily put down on a page and by allowing the readers to imagine for themselves.
Our mind is unimaginably powerful beyond the small tricks of photography and videography claim to be. It’s not just a co-incidence that every book adaptation I see fails to impress me. When we read a book we are the director of the storyline that the author unfolds through the pages. We are free to imagine every scene in all the possible ways. And when we are the director of our own movie, our characters will automatically create an everlasting impression on us, won’t they?
You are the only audience
When you get a chance to direct the book you read in the studio of mind, there’s a sort of convenience to the mind. It’s because the characters will be formed out of a blend of the personalities you know or imagine. Take for example, Santiago, the shepherd boy, from The Alchemist. He has a shade of a guy we know from the streets; the braveness of someone living in our neighborhood; that instinct to follow his heart in a similar way someone from our school did. Without even realizing, Santiago is offered to us in a personalized way. It’s easy to be familiar with such characters when they have been stitched up from the fabric of our own mind.
It is this ability of the book to capture a multidimensional world inside the reader’s mind that helps them win over films. The rest doesn’t matter. I think it’s important for one should learn to weave the characters and stories by him/herself.
As Franz Kafka once said, “a book should serve as an ax for the frozen sea within us.” Taking the analogy from him, I’d go and suggest those who prefer movies over film that they should break the sheet of ice and dive deep inside to see what the magical world of creativity can do for them.