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Should books be adapted into movies? Show more Show less
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We’ve seen many of our favourite stories rise to the silver screen. From childhood favourites like Harry Potter to remakes of classics like Little Women, many books have been adapted into screenplays and made into movies. The big dilemma: read the book, or watch the movie? Should the movie adaptation even exist at all?

Books should not be adapted into movies Show more Show less

Movies cannot live up to the books they are based on, and can even ruin them.
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Movie adaptations spoil the joy of reading

Movies fix a visual anchor for the characters, props and setting. The imaginative process is lost and affects the reading experience.
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The Argument

It is not uncommon to picture the characters and setting while reading the book; this is an imaginative process that is unique to every reader and makes the story special to them. The creation of a movie might destroy their own mental “movie” of the book as there are bound to be discrepancies with one’s imagination. As a result, the experience of building up one’s own interpretation of the story from reading the book is lost and limits one’s imagination. The fun in reading a book for the first time disappears.

Counter arguments

Some people may picture the story better, or even feel it would be more realistic in their minds, if they have seen a predetermined visualisation of the world through a movie. Taking advantage of the fact that movies may not faithfully recreate every element from the book, readers can now build a new mental "movie" that shows the original story, in its complete authenticity that the author wanted it to be.


[P1] People imagine the story, constructing the world in their minds as they read the book. [P2] A movie takes this imaginative aspect of the process of reading a book away.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] A movie does not necessarily ruin the imagination in reading a book.


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