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The Plugged In Show, Episode 62: The Book Was Way Better Than the Movie!


The book was better.

No, the movie was better.

These are the sorts of arguments we get into with friends all the time—as long as we read books and watch movies. I’ll argue ‘til the Shire’s cows come home that Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was a great adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s original world, whereas Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy should’ve just stayed at Bag End.

But those arguments, as true and as fun as they may be, obscure another important point: Books and movies impact us differently. They scratch different sides of the brain. And each can move us, and change us, in different ways.

This week, the Plugged In team dives into books, movies, the relationship between the two and their relationship to us. We get fun. Snarky. And one of us proves just how much he or she knows about Harry Potter.

So put down your book, pause that movie and let us entertain and inform you with our conversation. And, of course, check out all the links below to see everything we talk about.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

One Response

  1. – In my opinion if one hasn’t read the complete works of Shakespeare they’re seriously missing out on the best this world has to offer. You simply haven’t lived till you’ve read such thought-provoking masterpieces as Hamlet Macbeth Henry the Fifth the Merchant of Venice Measure for Measure Julius Caesar or Coriolanus. Not to mention his wonderful long poems Venus and Adonis and Lucrece. Shakespeare truly should be essential reading for any and all human beings.