Does anyone else ever get tired of hearing the statement, "The book was better than the movie?" I, for one, get really irritated by that "opinion." Personally, I'm a book lover at heart and believe that absolutely every story is better as a book than a movie, but let's put that bias aside for a moment. I enjoy seeing film adaptations of books I like, and I'm a huge movie fan, but it's absolutely asinine and shallow to say that "the book was better than the movie." The book will always "be better" for several reasons. Primarily, if you read the book first, it's the medium through which you became attached to the story, so it has a sentimental value. Furthermore, the written word allows the reader to have more imagination; you connect with the author on a personal level and are permitted to imagine for yourself how characters look and sound, and how scenes should be visualized. A movie is someone else's interpretation of the book, and so it will never be as personal. To say that the book is "better" merely because you don't identify with a filmmaker's vision as much as you identify with the author's is rediculous, because in a movie theater you have the luxury of leaving your brain on the seat next to you.
I don't intend to knock movies by saying any of this. Rather, I feel like they ought to get more credit, because despite the lack of mobility they give to the imagination, they can be equally as moving as books. I just get so tired of hearing that they're not as good as the books they're based on.