Book Vs Tv Essay

14 reasons why a book is better than TV or film

May 17, 2015

|In Creativity

|By Adam Smith

I feel like I may incur the undue wrath of many based on the title of this article alone, so I’ll begin by pointing out that I bloody love films and TV. I just also really enjoy a good book, and am hurt somewhere deep inside by the apparent lack of real readers this generation seems to have grown. And I say ‘apparent’ because I know there are readers out there somewhere, but many seem ashamed to admit this fact for fear of social ridicule or peer-jeering.

I also believe there to be bookworms who are yet to realise their love for the written word, and thus I pebbledashed this delightful little list together of reasons why a book may just about be better than – or at least as good as – the telly-box and silver screen.

1. Books are actually portable

Bus and train journeys can last a long time, and mindlessly scrolling through your MyFace InstaTwit newsfeed is mind-meltingly mundane (on a good day…). And no matter how much we claim watching the latest blockbuster film on our mobile through tiny, tinny headphones is wonderful, it doesn’t have the same oomph as it does when it’s watched on a big screen. A book is the same quality no matter when or where you read it – be that during a commute, up a mountain, or queuing to get a ticket to see the newest blockbuster film…

2. Books don’t do batteries

Another thing…these newfangled portable devices we often watch things on don’t half drink a lot of juice! This is another knock on TV and film’s portability: there are rarely phone chargers in the forest, or in the middle of the park. Books don’t need charging, or recharging. They just are, like our desire for portable entertainment.

3. Books are flingable, should the moment require it

Though this article is promoting books and their unquestionable goodness, there are, of course, some stinkers amongst the perfumed pretty ones. And there’s nothing more satisfying than launching said stinker across the room in a fit of outrage. If a film’s terrible, you have to go through the hassle of ejecting the disk before you can Frisbee it frustratedly at the nearest wall. But disks can damage your painted walls, and shatter expensive porcelain vases. And if TV programmes are bad (which they often are), throwing the TV at the floor is hardly cost-effective anger management. Books are flimsy, dainty little delights (paperbacks, at least). Throwability, then, is in their very design.

4. Books don’t have adverts or trailers

When you decide “Hmm…I think I’d like to read now”, your eyes are not forced to endure the abysmal abominations that are modern television advertisements before, during, or after the session. In a similar vein, a book will not tell you to switch off your mobile phone, or try to sell you loyalty cards that you neither want or need. Books are all business, all of the time.

5. Reading nurtures your imagination. Always.

I won’t deny the occasional documentary or indie film will really work your noggin, but television in general turns your mind into marmalade, and the average Hollywood film requires as much thought as naming Girls Aloud did – less, even! A book, no matter its subject or content, requires you to engage your brain. It gently cajoles you into imagining worlds and picturing scenes, into empathising with characters and considering new ideas. This is good for you, kind of like how exercising is…just less exerting. Actually, they aren’t that similar… reading is wonderful. Exercise is hateful.

6. Reading embellishes one’s idiosyncratic lexicon…

…or. in humanspeak, improves your vocabulary! If you read a lot, there is simply no way the range and breadth of the words at your disposal won’t expand. Television rarely gives you time to pick up or understand any new words that may be introduced, and film rarely goes after the bigger, more meaningful terms. Books can help you better express your ideas and feelings, and even aid your understanding of the world around you. Meritorious!

7. It can help make ewe a better speller, two

So many people claim they can’t spell well (for the record, it’s: W-E-L-L), but reading creates a greater familiarity with even the toughest of spellings. TV and film only really engage your eyes with moving images (hence the name ‘movies’), so they’re unlikely to help you on the spelling front. Books – 1, TV and Film – 0.

8. Reading is pretty damn cheap

I love the cinema, sincerely I do! But I can almost buy a Ferrari for the same price as a ticket, medium popcorn, and a watered-down lemonade. New release DVDs and boxsets are pretty pricey too, and though a new hardback book can come with a painful pricetag, there is this thing called The Library where books are FREE! And yes, I do mean legally free, before you get all ‘pirated DVDs’ on me…

9. You also get a lot more for your money

Often people complain that books are too long, but they can also get pretty vocal when the new film they went to see was too short. Books give you hours of entertainment, and can also be re-read in many instances. If you’re into calculating ‘Money Spent : Length of Entertainment’ ratios (as we all most certainly are…), books win hands-, feet-, and ears-down!

10. Reading is highly thought-provoking

Television and film primarily dazzle the senses with stupendously stunning special effects, but this fails to engage your grey matter in any meaningful way. Books will leave you pondering and questioning, and may even encourage you to do some of your own further reading to augment your own knowledge and understanding. Books are pretty experimental at times, too, which can really roast your intellect. And that’s a good thing – promise!

11. Reading is more detailed than television or film

Due to the standard runtime of a television programme or film, the completion of the plot within those time constraints is the primary focus. As a result, expansion on character development or story arc is often omitted, which can be a real downfall. Books don’t have these same limitations, and novels are renowned for their rich and waffley nature. And I like waffles.

12. Books are fall-asleepable

My mum once fell asleep during a Lord of the Rings film…at the cinema…and snored. As a result, she annoyed many of the surrounding viewers, spent the price of admission to sleep in an uncomfortable chair, and demonstrated her ability to outdo the war-cries of the orcs (she can seriously snore!). Fall asleep when reading a book, and no-one really minds. Hell, even dropping the book on your face isn’t so bad…

13. Reading is peaceful

We’re not in the 60s any more, granted, but we all need some peace, maaaaaan! Films require volume, and television is boisterous and raucous at the best of times. Reading a book is genuinely soothing, and it’s not a bad thing to switch off every now and again. New books smell pretty sexy, too, and help encourage the state of calm. Far out, sister!

14. Book folk are more kind when it comes to **SPOILERS**

I don’t recall a time that a book’s plot twist or character death was ever ruined for me by somebody blurting it out in the canteen, or inconsiderately ranting about it online – no matter how late I was in reading the latest release. But if I were to miss a single episode of Breaking 24 Lost Vampire Thrones, I can actually guarantee I’ll find out **SPOILER ALERT**Sean Bean dies…again.


Have YOUR say.

Why do you prefer books to films and TV?

Maybe you disagree entirely?

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Adam Smith

After too many years of reading substandard web journalism, Adam decided it was time to take action into his own pen-wielding hands. As Editor-in-Chief, he propels NUBI forward, offering his own views and thoughts on all things creative, artistic and downright unusual.

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  • Books are better than technology

    Why should we watch TV when there are so many interesting books . Why should we use technical things when there are river of books some say that TV is better and some say that books are better but I known that books are obviously better. I think that we all should say books are better

  • Yes it is

    Books are better than T.V because T.V can cause so many problems like wastage of time, electricity and health. It influences negative appraoch for children, when they saw such an imaginative scenes they do same in real life as well and they can also watch bad things so thats not good for them.While book reading is more informative and cannot immerse bad things in the mind of children.

  • Books are so much better than television.

    Television rots your mind. When you are watching television you are not utilizing your brain, you are just absorbing things fed to you. When you read a book, you have to envision the story in your mind and act out the figures in your head. You use your senses to "see" the story.

  • No producers searching for ratings

    While television offers more bang-for-your-buck, what are you really getting? Can you honestly sum up a 500 page book (Grapes of Wrath) into a 2 hour movie? You can, but the information is diluted.

    Not only that but you kill creativity, vocabulary, and problem solving skills by not encouraging reading.

  • Books are better than television

    Books are better than television because books make you a better author. In books, you can learn a lot of good words. You can take books anywhere but u can't take a TV with you. TV is quite boring because it gets in the way of studies books, however, don't.

  • Not having electricity

    Every time there is electricity?No.. Then what you will do?And one more thing books are of cheap cost if you buy one t.V in that budget book store can be open......T.V can effect on our eyes ,brain and in our studies and books gives you knowledge and t.V takes your time

  • Books are Better

    TV can have bad language or inappropriate content and smaller children could be flipping around channels and find a channel with bad language. On the other hand, books are more child-friendly because there is no way you can change your book with a TV remote. Books also help with vocabulary and grammar to help students in school.

  • Books are better

    We don't even have a TV, and we have survived just fine so far. Studies show that watching TV makes kids more aggressive and to have lower verbal reasoning ability. Staring at screens all day is not good for you. Same idea with the cell phone. Books are portable. You can bring them anywhere. Instant entertainment! TV, not so much. It is also fun. I love books. So many original stories. Much better then a Sponge Bob cartoon. Have you realized that most TV shows and movies are based off a book? And that most books are better that the movie? Take Lord of the Rings for instance, the real book is much better and has many more details then the movie. All in all, books are not only healther then TV, but also more amusing

  • Books are better

    We don't even have a TV, and we have survived just fine so far. Studies show that watching TV makes kids more aggressive and to have lower verbal reasoning ability. Staring at screens all day is not good for you. Same idea with the cell phone. Books are portable. You can bring them anywhere. Instant entertainment! TV, not so much. It is also fun. I love books. So many original stories. Much better then a Sponge Bob cartoon. Have you realized that most TV shows and movies are based off a book? And that most books are better that the movie? Take Lord of the Rings for instance, the real book is much better and has many more details then the movie. All in all, books are not only healther then TV, but also more amusing

  • Books are better

    We don't even have a TV, and we have survived just fine so far. Studies show that watching TV makes kids more aggressive and to have lower verbal reasoning ability. Staring at screens all day is not good for you. Same idea with the cell phone. Books are portable. You can bring them anywhere. Instant entertainment! TV, not so much. It is also fun. I love books. So many original stories. Much better then a Sponge Bob cartoon. Have you realized that most TV shows and movies are based off a book? And that most books are better that the movie? Take Lord of the Rings for instance, the real book is much better and has many more details then the movie. All in all, books are not only healther then TV, but also more amusing

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