Movies can provoke emotional responses that make you feel like the plot is happening to you, from special effects to plot twists and hilarious one-liners. 

If you have ever seen the classic "School of Rock," then you know that the incredibly optimistic and infectious plot made you feel like you could rock out too. Similarly, "Lion King" can transport you into the animal kingdom and make you feel like you, too, could save the world. 

Now don't get me wrong, I am also a book lover. I love using my imagination to develop characters and scenes, but there's not always time for a solid 400-page book. 

Here is a list of why movies are, in fact, the superior form of entertainment. 

Friends Near and Far

The worst feeling in the world is when you are in the middle of a book, and something exciting happens, and you have to share this. Sadly, you turn to your right, and no one is sitting next to you because who reads books sitting next to each other. 

In an attempt to satisfy this urge, you call your mom, but your mom hasn't read a book in years and does not relate to your excitement. You are now back sitting with your book and your dwindling excitement. 

Now in comparison, if you are watching a movie, you could have as many friends as you want sitting next to you. When something exciting happens, you all react simultaneously; you laugh together, cry together and ultimately have people discuss the plot instead of containing your excitement.  

Also, resources like Teleparty, have made it so we can watch a movie simultaneously from across the country.  

You definitely can't do this with a book unless you put your FaceTime on or stop reading to text every five minutes. But even then, odds are one of you is a slower reader.

You can do anything while watching a movie. 

Want to make dinner, paint or even do your homework? You can do all of that while watching a movie, and unless you have channeled your inner Harry Potter and can make a book levitate in front of you, I don't think you can do this and read at the same time. 

Reading often requires silence and pure focus, whereas movies are good background entertainment if you have other things on the agenda. 

Sure, you might miss a few moments, but you get the point, and there is a rewind button.

Less time consuming 

We are all busy college students, especially right now as we prepare for finals. We don't have the luxury of reading for hours on end—especially for fun. 

I don't know about you guys, but after I have finished my homework for the day, my brain needs a break, and I am ready to relax with an excellent movie. Books require a lot more effort and time. 

Reading a book could take over six hours, depending on the length and content, and it may require more than one sitting. Movies, however, are a two to three-hour commitment and are often finished in one sitting.  

Movies are significantly less of a burden, and we must use our time wisely as busy students. 

No energy required

Sometimes we're lazy, and we want to relax and be entertained. 

So, picture this: it's gloomy and raining outside, and you just made a hot cup of coffee and grabbed a snack. You throw your fuzzy socks on and sit on the couch, and you need some feel-good entertainment. I'm sure the movie sounds more appealing because it is pure entertainment with no energy expended. 

Besides, you can’t hold your coffee and read a book simultaneously, and obviously, the coffee takes precedence. Also, who would want to get their grimy fingers all over their book after a nice handful of popcorn? 

If you don't like it, change it.

If I don’t like a movie, I will watch for about 15 minutes and then change it if it’s not my cup of tea.

 The best part about a film is that you can change it at no cost depending on where you are watching it if you don't like it. 

If I buy a book and get all the way home to realize I don't like it, I can't just pick a new book; I have to drive back and purchase a new book.  Doing this is so time-consuming, and I feel like I have just wasted so much time. 

Now I could buy a book digitally, but personally, if I am going to go through all the effort to read, then you can bet I will be doing it with a paper copy.

Becca Murphy is a staff writer. 

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