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?
I’ll start off by noting that movies, being visual, require more processing by the right half of the human brain.
I do not want a movie to inform me. I do not want my thoughts to be provoked by a movie. I want things to blow up. I want people to fight with swords. I want vehicles moving at high speeds. I want superpowers. (Actually, I do want superpowers, but that’s a different story.) This, of course means that my movie interests are very narrow. No dramas, no historical romances, no romantic comedies, no slasher pics, no torture porn, just lots of flashing lights and loud noises. I am geeking out so much over this summer’s movie line-up–Speed Racer, Iron Man, Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones, The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight, Hellboy II–that my wife may make me sleep on the couch. I would do all manner of ethically questionable things if they would just hurry up and make the live-action Justice League movie.
Reading, on the other hand, engages more of the left half of the human brain.
My reading preferences are much more varied. I read nonfiction, mysteries, thrillers, fantasies, literature, pretty much anything that looks interesting in the bookstore. Sometimes I do read simply because I want to know more about a subject, or because I want to challenge myself by reading something different from what I normally would, or because I want a different point of view.
So basically, I have opposite attitudes to the two media. I really do wish the halves of my brain were on speaking terms.