Jo: Hi, everybody. So I'm here with Kirk, and we're talking about the big question: which is better, the book or the film? What do you think?
Kirk: I would say the short answer is the book, usually.
Jo: The book?
Jo: OK. Why is that?
Kirk: I ... Well, there's just so much more background information, you can usually get some insight into what the character's thinking and feeling in a way ...
Jo: Definitely, yeah.
Kirk: Or, at least, it's more developed in a book than in a film.
Jo: And does it happen to you where, like, if you've read the book and you imagined the characters in a certain way, sometimes when you see the film, you're just like, 'No!'
Jo: 'That's ... That's not right!'
Kirk: Yeah. No, though it's curious, then later on the film ... the character in the film kind of takes over—
Kirk: the character in the book, at least in my experience.
Jo: Yeah, yeah, definitely.
Kirk: Which I don't necessarily like, but that's the power of the films.
Jo: Yeah. So why do we spend so much time watching films, then, if reading is better?
Kirk: The million-dollar question. Yeah, I don't know. It's definitely true, I mean, even ... I watch more films and series than I do read, that's for sure.
Jo: Mmm. It's kind of more entertaining when you're tired.
Kirk: I think it is a lot easier and you can do it with other people as well, in a way that you can't do with a book exactly.
Jo: Yeah, OK, that's true. It's more social. I feel like that's kind of unfair to films, though. I've seen some amazing films. For example, I recently really enjoyed the Dune film.
Kirk: Uh huh.
Jo: It reminded me of the book, which is even more amazing, but it looked beautiful.
Kirk: Yeah, I really liked it too. I was just relieved that it was actually good, because often books made or – sorry – films made of difficult books just don't come out very well. But I think they did a good job.
Jo: Yeah, definitely. OK.
Kirk: Well ...
Jo: Well, shall we find out what our learners think? So, we're interested what you think about this question. Do you prefer to read the book or the film, or maybe both?
Do you love reading? For some people, there's nothing better than a good book. You create a whole world in your head and imagine the characters for yourself.
Or are you more of a film fan? Films look amazing these days, even at home. Maybe you prefer films for quick, visual entertainment?
Watch the video to find out whether Jo and Kirk usually prefer books or films. Then tell us what you think in the comments below!
What about you?
- Do you prefer reading books or watching films?
- Have you seen a film based on a book that you've read? Which one did you like more?