Thanh Nguyen


Posted on: April 2, 2009

Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of reading books vs. watching movies? State your opinion and give specific reasons and details.

Nowadays, people often read book or watch movies for entertainment in recreative time. Since movie has been invented, the use of book has been declined very much. However, some contend that movie produces negative effects on the individual as well as on the society because it makes us lazy and uncommunicative to other people. Others support watching movie, claiming that it is more entertaining and convenient. In my opinion, watching movies has several advantages than reading books.

To begin, movies are a much more exciting and intense form of entertainment. It’s presents series of action, emotion, and brings audience into the story in a much more lively way than reading books can produce. Secondly, watching movies is very convenient because it only take two hours or less. In contrast, reading a novel can take several days or even weeks without provide any exciting emotion for reader . Another advantage of watching movies is that we can gain social skill and experience. Movie can show us humanity, virtue, or teach us a moral lesson in life. Movies provide a common social experience through which people can connect and relate to another one.

Though literature is one of the most important factors in human culture, but today film industry are developing everyday so I firmly believe that movies provide many advantages to society. If all books can be transformed into movies, people don’t need to read book anymore.


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