“Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie?”
To me the difference is the investment I’m willing to make. I spend only a few hours with a movie and it’s easy to revisit it at any time once I own the DVD. A book is something that stays with me physically for days if not weeks at a time. I take it with me and it keeps me company while I’m alone waiting in line or waiting for friends for lunch. A movie tells me what I need to know in such a short time. It can be like a roller coaster ride for the mind where a book is like an intimate relationship. It’s just me, the characters and the story.
I am going to read things that bring me joy, make me think and tend to make a different kind of impression on my mind than that made by a movie. I love movies and I have a huge list of favorites that are like old friends but books offer a bit more meat for me to dig into. I have control over how quickly I take in the information when reading and books are easier to pause/put down and pick up at another time. Remember Joey from “Friends” when he put “The Shining” and “Little Women” in the freezer? I love that!!