There is no denying that going to the movies with friends, sharing popcorn with buncha crunch (obviously), and listening to the soundtrack 24/7 after is fun and a great way to spend your night. While it takes much less effort to simply relax and watch a movie, reading the story beforehand definitely has its advantages.

The first reason why it pays to read the book before is that it allows your imagination to lead you in your reading experience. I know this sounds cliche and quite infantile, however, you are lying if you say your perceptions of characters are the same in your head and by the actors portraying them. Was I the only person who envisioned Christian Grey as Ian Somerhalder?

Secondly, books have unquestionably more detail and description than a movie is capable of. There is definitely a greater sense of connection and dedication while reading a book than viewing it on a screen. Character development is hence much stronger while reading the book. I don’t know about you, but I am often at fault for having unreal expectations, which are likely attributed to my exposure to TV and movies. However, book characters will always be more special to me due to their in-depth development.

For example, top ten “rom-com”, Something Borrowed, undoubtedly left you in awe of Kate Hudson’s characters beauty, attitude, and bad-ass nature. However, while reading Emily Giffin’s book with the same title, my admiration towards Darcy was heightened. Giffin also made it possible to see Darcy in multiple dimensions, besides the one-sidedness we are exposed to in the movie.

Even better, books often have sequels and prequels that do not get turned into movies. There is nothing better than being able to follow your favorite characters beyond the movie. Finally, movies are notorious for twisting the plot and distorting parts of your favorite books. It always helps to know the “real” story before seeing it play out on screen and cast your judgments based on what the author intended.

Not to mention, who doesn’t want to sound intellectual and say “the book was better,” to all of your friends?