billions of dollars are spent on entertainment every year, in every country in the world. much of this money is spent on either movies or fictional books, as these two types of entertainment are found to be most enjoyable by the masses. which, however, is more enjoyable? i posit that these mediums cannot be compared so easily, as they both have their strong points in regards to entertainment.
when one reads a fictional book, one is able to let his/her imagination run wild. everything from the setting to the character descriptions is left up to the readers mind, and therefore can be quite enjoyable. depending on the novel, of course, one can imagine far away places just by the description read in the novel. books are also an ecellent form of entertainment as they are portable. if one is on a long commute to work, which is common in beijing, one can bring along a favorite novel, effectively taking his/her entertainment with him/her. books can be enjoyed in any setting. they can be picked up on a whim, and put down again to return to at a later time.
movies, of course, also have their own benefits. movies allow the viewer to be completely engrossed in the plot. there is no need for thinking, as everything is presented to you in a straightforward form. one never has to ponder what a place or a person looks like; the information is all accessible to the viewer. this can be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on what one is looking for in his/her entertainment.
in a society where we want everything faster, better and more eciting, perhaps movies are a more relevant medium. however, movies demand at least an hour and a half of ones time. books are available to their consumers whenever there is time, which is also an important feature. in conclusion, i believe that neither books nor movies are a more enjoyable form of entertainment. in some cases, i prefer to read a book. in others, a movie is vastly more enjoyable. it is up to the consumer to decide.