“Are Harry Potter books good, or are the movies better?” is the question going around among the franchise fans, and there has been no conclusion to it yet.
This debate around Harry Potter is one of the most prominent ones, but it is not the only one. There are a lot of books, or, say, stories, that are adapted into movies sooner or later. And, as soon as that happens what starts is a debate on what is better? The book? Or the movie?
The question is always the same. The narrative that is built is different depending upon how the book has been criticized by readers before, what changes were made by the director of the movies, and how apt the adaptation is.
Books that were liked by the readers are criticized for the movie adaptation for example Harry Potter. The readers criticize it for the exclusion of some of the important plots and characters, which could have made a lot of sense for the viewer in a lot of ways.
On the other hand, movies like Haider, Omkara and Maqbool are appreciated by the audience more than the Shakespearian plays they have been adapted from namely Othello, Hamlet and Macbeth.
The question still remains: Harry Potter Books or Movies?
The question is still there: Should we choose books over movies or vice versa? The answer to the question is very simple. Choose whatever you may like. If you are a reader and love to imagine things by yourself and cannot sit in front of the TV to see all of it come down to a few hours, you can choose to read the book.
If you are a visual enthusiast and would love to see things happening right before your eyes, you can watch the films.
Sometimes, a person may like both, and it’s all right if you want to do both. Sometimes, even after loving both mediums, you may not want to watch a film after reading a book or vice versa; that is your choice.
In short, you do whatever you love to. Both books and movies are art forms and art is supposed to be seen/read and criticized without any bias. The creation of a divide between what art should be consumed and what should not be consumed was the work of elites of the early 20th century.
We are in the 21st century, so let the past be the past and enjoy whichever art form you feel is good. Books over Movies is, therefore, not a debate to be held, it is supposed to be decided by the one consuming it.