Compare and Contrast: Movies vs. Books
When you ask people whether they prefer 'Movies or Books', you are likely to get a variety of replies. Some people will prefer reading books and other will prefer watching movies. There is another interesting phenomena and that is a section of the population that enjoy both equally.
For some people, reading a book is not the easiest activity in the world. We have all sometimes picked up a book and put it down after battling to read the first page. This is nothing to do with ability or concentration, it is to do with whether or not the book is of personal interest or whether the book actually meets our needs. In other words what is inside the covers of the book may not match the blurb on the outside which is very misleading and very disappointing. The same can be said for movies. How often have we all watched the trailers advertised on TV, thinking that the movie looks really interesting? Then follows the anticipation of going to the movies to watch it, or wait until its available to download and rent at home, only to watch the first ten minutes and realise that it is not going to get any better than 'boring'!
Sometimes it is easier to watch a movie rather than read the book. Some movies that are adaptations of books can enhance the setting, the scenery and dialogue. This is especially helpful for people who have experienced difficulty in learning to read, as watching the movie as well as reading the book can enhance the experience. A movie adaptation can enhance the experience of the book and can bring to life, and get transported into 'this other world'. Visual images are very powerful, but so is the experience of reading and development of our own images. It can also be argued that in order to use our imagination whilst reading we need to have some actual experience of the situation and that experience either comes through accurate and informative writing or visual images (movies).
There are several books that have been made into movies. The interpretation of a book into a movie is bound by resources and finance, and the visualisation of the director. Meanwhile reading the book, taps into the readers imagination, that does not have the same constraints and can be picked and put down at any convenient time.
My Favorite Movie: Titanic
Watching movies is my favorite pastime. The most recent technological advancements, epic stories that we only heard of, key documentaries and other literature are best portrayed in movies. To me, “Titanic” will remain my favorite movie, not only due to the historical relevance of the movie’s storyline but the scenery featured in the movie and the assertiveness and aptness of the actors makes the movie to stand head and shoulder above all others.
“Titanic” is a 1997 film that tells the romantic and tragic story of two teenagers who meet on a ship and fall in love. It tells the story of Jack Dawson and Rose Bukater, who while on the RMS Titanic ship on its maiden voyage from the coast of England to the United States fall in love at first sight, despite their different social classes. Dawson, a young talented artist from a poor background, and Rose, a young woman married to a wealthy but cruel older man who she does not love, go through a short but dramatic love life. “Titanic” reveals the nature of relationships that exist in the society, and whose relevance applied not only in the early twentieth century but which still makes sense to this day. A teenage girl from a wealthy family can, today, get married to a poor boy from a humble background as long as the two are in love.
Apart from the power of love to thrive in every situation as a dominant theme, “Titanic” reveals the fact that man can find love anywhere regardless of the prevailing situation. Rose is about to jump off the back of the ship into the cold ocean water and Jack tells him, “I’ll be right after you” ready to jump into the water to save her. When the ship’s crew’s attention is drawn to Jack and Rose as they make love on the ship’s deck, the ship hits an iceberg. The death of 1500 out of 2200 people on board and the frantic effort to save some of the passengers only adds to the beauty of the story. It is a sad attempt for Jack to salvage his lover as ocean water sweeps into the deck, drowning many passengers. The naivety of the two love birds and Rose’s defiance of her mother’s directives “not to see Jack again” reinforces the theme of timeless, bold love.
The film’s scene makes the story more compelling. The dolphins playing beside the ship as it departs from the coast of England, the sunny weather at the start of the journey, and Jack’s determination to ensure Rose lives a happy, fulfilled life adds flavor to an already beautiful tale. The allegation that the ship was “unsinkable” and that even God Himself could not sink the ship stimulates the audience’s desire to watch the rest of the movie to verify that allegation.
Few movies inspire as much emotion as “Titanic.” While few others capture my emotion leading to greater attachment, including “Shawshank redemption,””Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “The Pianist” (2002), “Rain Man” (1988), and “Casablanca” (1942), “Titanic” definitely stands out for its combination of various elements and perfect acting. The main actors bring out the message of the movie clearly, and they embody the situation and life of the twentieth century as well as the modern times.
In conclusion, the 1997 film “Titanic” remains my all-time favorite movie. No expression of the youthful desires and experiences in human life comes close to the ones portrayed in the film. Every aspect of the movie, ranging from casting to scene selection is done flawlessly and the themes come out clearly and perfectly.