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The Never-Ending Debate of Books vs Movies.

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It was a peaceful Saturday sit-in yesterday for my husband and I. We kicked off the day with some music from the 80s on YouTube and ended with The Bodyguard starring Kevin Costner as the titular character and Whitney Houston as singer-actress Rachel Marron, the client whom Costner’s character was paid to protect.

After the movie (which we watched for free on Yes Movies), I remembered that I wanted to watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as well. Actually, I was supposed to watch that movie immediately after reading the book. But I completely forgot all about it and to be honest, if I did watch it now, I wouldn’t remember the storyline much as I had finished the book last year. But still, it wouldn’t hurt to watch it anyway.

So I did.

But I stopped halfway through the movie.

Because I realised that the movie had not followed much of the book at all! Granted most movies don’t actually follow the book word for word, but there were no proper transitions at all between each scene and the early parts of the movie had not properly explained who each character was and why they had decided to go to India. Whereas in the book, there were chapters that were dedicated to describing each character and his or her purpose in the story.

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Which brings us to this never-ending debate of whether books are still better than movies or vice versa. Of course, it depends on whose side you’re on and what sort of person you are. If you’re like me, an avid reader who swears by the novels she reads and doesn’t let e-books get in the way of your paperback relationship, then books will always triumph over movies. If you’re hardly a reader and prefers to have comic books as your bed-side choice, then movies will be your source of joy and happiness.

It is undeniable that a book always takes the cake over its movie version. Movies will never ever replace the power of imagination that a book has for you through its pages. With books, you can close your eyes and pretend that you’re arm-wrestling with cowboys on the moon with Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star on Robot Pirate Island. You can already hear the mechanical sounds in your ears. That’s what imagination does to you and to think that Spongebob and Patrick didn’t even need a book!

But wait, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. Not all movie adaptations are evil. Some are pretty good even if it meant that they had to be clipped to fit the standard duration. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter franchise and the Chronicles of Narnia were pretty decent movie adaptations.

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Movies can do a lot of things, like making us see a lot of things. They can bring whole new worlds to life before our eyes and turn characters into living and breathing bodies. Movies leave us on the edge of our seats as nail-biting battle scenes are being fought in front of us, or leave us heartbroken and in tears over a death, or smiling with joy at a birth of a newborn child.

Books require complete silence and are a pure, undiluted form of escape, there’s nothing like sitting in a cinema with only the lights streaming from the big screen in front of you, devoid of any other distraction (save for the errant ping of an ignorant cinema-goer) and your attention is paid only on the story playing on the screen.

Movies are amazing creations but they don’t have the same kind of magic that books have. With movies, you’re merely an observer. You don’t feel the emotions that the character feels; you aren’t reading every single one of their innermost thoughts, their doubts, fears and hopes. Movies also have the bad habit of leaving us with this thought, “That’s not how I pictured it to be!” Just like the movie that I watched last night. The book and the movie did not match at all, with what seemed like missing key characters or characters thrown into the mix just for the sake of being there. It’s kind of like fluff-writing where you add in unnecessary items just to plump up the plot and make it seem longer.

But with books, you feel everything, you know everything and you live everything! You can be the saviour of the world; you can be the girl who battles a life-changing disease; you can be a demigod, an alien, an angel, a god, a villain or a hero. You can be anything and everything. There are no limits to who you want to be. There is no limited storytelling time with books compared to movies. Movies have to be condensed to the point of removing or deleting parts which also leads to what I call as mis-transitions. Changes of scenes that have no rhyme or reason of being there. That’s because movies have to be done and over with within a maximum of 3 hours. Any longer and your cinema-goers might just nod off in their seats.

Books don’t need the power of visuals to allow readers to put the story together with the elements in their minds. The stories that you read in books will stay with you forever. Just like music and vinyl, and writing and books. Movies don’t have much to offer except for the scenes that you have seen with your eyes.

That is why books for me will always be better. When you read a book, nothing else exists around you and you can be that whole other person in a completely new and amazing world. You can be someone else, live that person’s life, be free of your own troubles, even if it’s only for a few hundred pages. Books are the medicine for your mind, the magic for your imagination. Which is why I stopped halfway through The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie and preferred to maintain the pristine image of the story in my head since I’ve read the book. Which is why for me, movies may be great but books will always be greater.

Reasons Why We Own A Cat.

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We never thought that we would actually adopt a cat one day. A friend had rescued him as a stray, had two existing ones of her own, and decided to find an owner for him. When we saw him as a kitten, we fell in love with him and decided to adopt him. I’ve never kept a cat before so adopting one now is probably the biggest challenge for me.

My husband and I do have a few friends who are already cat owners and they have always shared photos of their pets online, either on Instagram or Facebook. And while they have gushed and gawp at their cats, they have also advised us on what having a cat feels like. Most of our friends’ cats are indoor pets and would normally not be allowed to go out unless it is within the front or back garden boundaries. Seeing as we live in a condo, we doubt we would ever let him out except to roam and explore the living and dining rooms.

We’ve had him for a year already (he just turned one in April 2016). We gave him the name Loki, after Thor’s half brother, because he is mischievous and cheeky. Just like what Loki really is in the Avengers movie. But still, no matter what he really is, he’s still a lovely little ball of fur and we don’t regret the day we brought him home.

Although not many people are cat lovers (you guys probably love dogs if not cats), I feel that there are some perks to having a feline prancing about your home than having a slobbering pooch. Here are some reasons why:

Clean and Potty Trained

Unless your cat is a victim of a road accident, he would be able to clean itself and find a way to respond to nature calls on his own. Arrange to have a proper litter box and he will automatically do his own depositing. You won’t need to give him a bubble bath either. Cats normally lick themselves clean anyway, and are probably much cleaner than you or their surroundings. Have you tried giving your cat a bath? We have, and it isn’t a piece of cake, nor was it a cup of tea. He struggled, he meowed, he whined and howled. But he forgave us when we gave him a small complimentary can of wet cat food.

Self-Entertainers

You don’t always need to entertain your cat. They are capable of entertaining themselves with toys, boxes, and/or drawers (Loki has recently learned to open the drawers of an old shoe cabinet  in his room). Anything that catches their attention and warrants a few minutes spent toying with it. Give your cat a window sill to perch on and he will spend hours watching the Great Outdoors while plotting to take over the world. That’s what Loki does. He will plonk himself down on the floor next to the sliding door for some sunbathing and watches the sky for any sudden movements. He could do that for hours.

Couch Potato Buddies

A cat can spend about 15 or so hours a day sleeping (although I have yet to catch Loki spending hours on end catnapping). But this means they will never make you feel guilty when you laze about on the couch eating a tub of ice cream and watching TV all day. In fact, a cat would love to just veg out with you. The cat’s laziness comes pre-packed with it. This is one thing that Loki has yet to do. He spends a great deal exploring our entire condo unit from top to bottom, but never on the couch. Probably because we don’t allow it to climb up in the first place. But he never sits on the carpet either. He prefers the floor because it’s cooler.

You Save Him, He Saves You

You rescued him by bringing him home. You single-handedly saved a life by not sending him to the animal shelter (which is probably overflowing with strays and some would have to be put down). Now it is his turn to save you. Having a pet has been attributed to significantly lowering blood pressure and lowering the risk of heart disease. Also, the act of stroking a cat alone even for a few minutes has been shown to release “feel-good” endorphins in the brain. But don’t just pet any stray cat you see. Stroke your own pets. Not all strays will take kindly to you trying to touch it.

Well, I’ve given you my reasons. To cap it off, I’ll readily admit that having a cat is fun because of its ability to be random and spontaneous. It doesn’t have a standard operating procedure on what it does on a daily basis. Like Patrick Star (of Spongebob Squarepants fame) said, “You can’t always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up. Keep you on your toes.” And that is what Loki does on a daily basis.