It’s so hard not to compare the same story presented in both print and digital media. But we have to stop. Print is a different medium than film. Even when united by the same story, each remains a different entity.
Likewise, we need to refrain from the belief that one is “better” than the other. One of the reasons I love film is that it opens up the world of reading to struggling readers. In a well-made film there is symbolism, foreshadowing, character development, story arcs, and commentary on the human condition. Each exists in print too, but how can we disregard film when it opens that world of literary appreciation to those who previously felt that it was too daunting?
Reading is for everyone, but sometimes, film opens the door.