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books vs movies
Books vs. Movies
  • Films adapted from books are often criticized for lacking ‘substance’ and compensate for this discrepancy with explosions and elaborate camera work. Books, on the other hand, demand a bit more respect from the general public. Many believe that concocting a script is an unsophisticated mode of writing, a copper to the gold of a novel. My presentation aims to showcase this truth.
harry potter the sorcerer s stone
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone
  • The novel was written by J.K. Rowling and was first published on June 30, 1997.
  • The movie, directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros., premiered on November 14, 2001.
the book
The Book
  • According to BBC News, as of June 2008, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone has sold over 400 million copies since it's first publication in 1997. The book has also been translated into 67 different languages, including Latin and Ancient Greek. It has won several awards, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal Smarties Prize, and the Parenting Book of the Year award. It is also an ALA Notable Book.
the movie
The Movie
  • According (a website dedicated to box-office data and movie news), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone grossed $317,557,891 total in the United States and $976,457,891 worldwide. The quoted production budget was $125,000,000 and advertising budget was $50,000,000. These figures make Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone one of the highest grossing filmsof all time.
why the book was better
Why the book was better....
  • According to Guido Girgenti, a student, who read the movie and later saw the film, the book was better because "the first time I read the books I was imagining in my mind how I thought it looked. After I saw the movie, all I could imagine was scenes from the movie. I don't really like that. It takes away from my experience, and the point of reading a book is to imagine your own world where anything is possible.”
  • Kyle Opod, a movie critic, states that “Much is left out. The problem is that the amusing details are much of what make Harry Potter such a special story. A whole universe is created in Rowling's series, in which a magical society exists within our own ordinary "muggle" world and is kept secret by a bureaucracy with its own rules, history and politics. The way magic is treated in her books, not as something medieval but as very similar to the way our own contemporary world works, is a large part of their charm...[The movie's] lack of fullness, and its dependence on the book, might actually increase the popularity and endurance of Rowling's series by making those who see the film yearn for more, which they can get from the real thing.”
  • The novel was written by Stephenie Meyer and was first published on Oct. 5 2005.
  • The movie, directed by Catherine Hardewick and distributed by Summit Entertainment, premiered on November 21, 2008.
the book1
The Book
  • According to the LA Times, 25 million copies of “Twilight” have been sold worldwide and has been translated into over 20 languages. Twilight has won numerous awards and honors, including the New York Times Editor's Choice, Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2005, the ALA “Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults” and “Top Ten Books for Reluctant Leaders” and it has also been a New York Times Best Seller. According to USA Today, it was the best sellingbook of 2008.
the movie1
The Movie
  • states that Twilight's total US box-office gross was $191,465,414 and it's total worldwide box-office gross was $382,511,081. The Hollywood Reporter quotes the total production budget as $37,000,000. The film, directed by Catherine Hardewick and distributed by Summit Entertainment, sold more than $90 million worth of box-office sales (in the US) within it's first 7 days in theaters.
why the book was better1
Why the book was better....
  • In a poll entitled “Tell Us: Is the Twilight movie better or worse than the book?”, the majority of US Magazine readers (78.57%) believe that thebook was better.
  • Russ Bickerstaff, a columnist for writes: “The film version of Twilight consistently fails to deliver on the novel's potential for visually dynamic cinema. Glossing over much of the interaction between the two leads, the script fails to deliver the emotional intensity of the romance at the heart of the story.”
  • In a review on IMDB, a commenter writes: “All in all, with Twilight, as bad a movie as it may be, I couldn't help but stay interested in it because of the electric chemistry between the leads. That alone kept me in the seat the whole time. It is technically one of the worst films of the year, but the entertainment factor in the above respect keeps it out of the company of movies like Disaster Movie and College...[T]he film went 'half way' with some subplots, either starting and dropping them, or randomly starting them halfway through an individual subplot...”
the verdict
The Verdict
  • Movies...
    • Cut Out Details
    • Don't Fully Explain The Plot
    • Don't Explore Sub-plots
    • Usually Cut Out Storylines
    • Cost More

The Verdict

  • Books...
    • Inspire Imagination
    • Are Fully Detailed
    • Convey Full Emotion
    • Can Be Enjoyed Anywhere
    • Can Be Read Multiple Times
    • Cost Less Than Movies