Book reading and movies are two similar tools with unique differences that make it impossible for one to replace the other. do you wonder how? I will share the how with you in this article.
I’m sure you as curious as I am when I was writing this article know the difference between these tools that have become a part of our lives. You can hardly find an individual who has not seen at least one movie, and at the same time, you can hardly find an individual who has not read at least one book. Remember I said they are similar, but before I delve into their similarities and differences, I will like to introduce the background of each of these tools to you.
Why Book Reading?
A book is any written document. Throughout history, many different materials have been used for books, such as beech bark and bamboo according to Study.
Another definition of a book describes it as a number of pieces of paper, usually with words printed on them, which are fastened together and fixed inside a cover of stronger paper or cardboard.
Books are a global phenomenon and, like stories, they belong to everyone. No singular set of characters, nor type of story, has any authority over another. Just like all cultures and histories, all stories have a place in the bookcases of the libraries of the world.
Book reading as an activity serves as a tool for the transfer of information and knowledge from one generation to another, and also a medium of communication across geographical location, age, language, and continent. Technology has also contributed to the possibility of this happening in lesser time.
A film, also known as a “movie” or a “motion picture,” is a series of moving images shown on a screen, usually with sound, that make up a story according to vocabulary. It can also be defined as a recording of moving images that tell a story and that people watch on a screen or television. A movie simply transfers information and knowledge through motion graphics, unlike books that are transferred through written means.
They are both similar as they serve as a medium of communication and transferring of knowledge from the sender to the receiver, but as stated earlier, they have differences.
7 Reasons Why Books are Better
1. Freedom of Imagination
Books give you the freedom to create imaginations, unlike movies that give you the imaginations of the scriptwriter and the producer. If you give a book to two people to explain what they understand from reading, you will end up with multiple perspectives, but you can’t get this with a movie. You can experiment with this with your friends.
2. Books are more detailed
To produce a movie, you are restricted by a couple of things ranging from the capacity of the crew members, the budget, the specified timeline, and the movie duration. The movie duration especially, because you want to capture your audience’s attention and keep it till the end of the movie. And humans have limited attention spans. Unlike a book that you can pick up anytime and on whatever page you stop at. A book author is not bothered about the same thing that bothers a movie producer. He/She can write as much they want to share with their audience without fear of staying within budget, and the capacity of the crew members.
You can carry a book around with you almost anywhere you go and continue from wherever you stop. There’s now also the option of reading it on your electronic devices like your smartphones, laptop, and Ipad as e-books and there are also audiobooks. You can do this with some movies too, sure, but most of the time movies are better enjoyed on a bigger screen.
4. Better understanding of the subject matter
Movies mostly give you access to the surface of the subject matter while books give you an in-depth and better understanding of the subject matter. It also makes it possible for you to return to read over and over again to understand the knowledge shared. And in the case of fictional books, it helps you to know the character better.
5. Reading is cheaper than seeing a movie:
If you have to go to the cinema to see a movie, you do not only spend money, you spend time, and energy that could have been used for something more profitable. We now have audiobook reading that you can listen to on your daily morning run, waiting in the lobby, the trip to the rest room amongst others. It cost you less to read a book than to see a movie.
6. Access to a wide range of knowledge
According to The New Publishing Standard, Amazon has published more than 2 million books so far, making it possible for readers around the globe to have access to a wide range of knowledge and information. Amazon is one out of the other global bookstore that exists, if we add the numbers up, that’s a huge number. Imagine yourself as a published author who has a book that can be accessed across the globe, isn’t that interesting? If you are wondering how to publish your own book, visit our website to take charge of the existing discount we are giving to first-time book publishers.
7. Improved Vocalbulary
Your vocabulary improves by reading more than by seeing movies because movies must limit the vocabulary to ensure that the viewers can easily understand without consulting Google or a dictionary. They also give you a better mental workout and help your brain remain active and engaged. Neuroscientists have proven that reading demands more of your brain than the visual and speech processing required to watch a movie. They also help you to relieve stress and researchers have found out that it’s better than taking a walk, listening to music, or seeing a movie, and also reducing our screen time.
In this article, I have shared with you the definition of book reading and its difference from movies. I also shared reasons why book reading is better than spending minutes or hours on movies. I am not outrightly canceling movies, as they have different roles to play in entertaining us and giving us exposure, I have only shown you the importance of investing in authoring books and making knowledge available for generations to come.