Men Prefer Movies to Books

LIFESTYLE

Men prefer to watch film adaptations of books rather than read the original, according to a new study. Researchers found the opposite is true for women. (BBC)

Luckily, Nat Geo has great recommendations for both movies and books.

These boys in Chennai, India, seem to prefer their media on a screen, not a page. A new study of 2,000 British men found that 75% preferred a movie version of a story. Photograph by Mariajoseph Johnbasco, National Geographic Your Shot

These boys in Chennai, India, seem to prefer their media on a screen, not a page. A new study of 2,000 British men found that 75% preferred a movie version of a story.
Photograph by Mariajoseph Johnbasco, National Geographic Your Shot

Discussion Ideas

  • The researchers in the BBC article reported that the British men they interviewed preferred movie versions of stories to books. Women seem to prefer book versions to movies. Some of us reject the choice! What are some advantages of watching the movie version of a story? What are some advantages about reading the book?
    • Movies:
      • Usually clocking in at about two hours, movies are a faster way to follow a story.
      • Movies are often easier to follow, with streamlined plots, action, and character interactions.
    • Books:
      • Books are usually more accessible and affordable than movies. You can check out a book from the library pretty soon after it’s published, for free.
      • Books usually provide more backdrop and plot than movies.
      • Books are often much more imaginative than movies—it doesn’t cost as much to imagine and describe a foreign world as it does to render it onscreen.

 

  • Think of movies or TV shows you’ve seen that have been adapted from books you’ve read—the Harry Potter franchise, the Hunger Games trilogy, the Twilight saga, the Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, the James Bond series. (Want more? Here’s a great list to get you started.) What changes did filmmakers make when they adapted the book? Do you prefer the book or movie version? Why?
    • Characters: Are the characters in the movie similar to the ones in the book? Are there characters that are in the book that aren’t in the movie? Do you think that character changes influence the tone, meaning, or quality of the film? (Many Lord of the Rings fans, for instance, were disappointed at the absence of the character of Tom Bombadil in the movies.)
    • Setting: Was the geography of the movie as you imagined it from the book? Did the filmmakers change the setting? (When Alfred Hitchcock made a movie version of Daphne du Maurier’s story The Birds, for instance, he changed the setting from Cornwall, England, to Bodega Bay, California.)
    • Plot: Did the filmmakers retain the basic conflict and story of the book? (Stephen King’s The Shining, for instance, has a lot more genuinely supernatural and ghostly elements than the Stanley Kubrick film.)
    • Resolution: Does the film end the same way as the book? Is the conflict resolved? (The 1995 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, for instance, famously changed the entire conclusion of the book.)

 

2 responses to “Men Prefer Movies to Books

  1. Yes absolutely right..!!! Because men are not waiting so much time in reading books and all. But men are preferred movies than books. Lol i also the same. thanks for sharing the article.

  2. the reason behind this is perhaps men’s heavy dependence on visual stimuli . it is plain evolutionary thing.

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