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Do you prefer reading or watching films?

Ricky investigates World Book Day

Are books better than films?

It's World Book Day and schools around the country are celebrating with special events to try to encourage you to pick up a book and get reading.

But with so many of your favourite books being turned into films is it better to wait until the movie comes out?

Or do you prefer reading, and imagining for yourself what the people and places in the story look like?

Would you rather curl up with a real book, or flick through the pages as you read online?

Whether you're a book worm or a film fanatic, we'd love to hear what you think!

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Your comments

"I think that the books are much better than the films. They were the first to come and they are still the best!"

Tara, 11, Co. Down, N. Ireland

"I love films because they cut out the unnecessary bits."

Sandra, 11, Cornwall, England

"I love films because the actors look more realistic than illustrations in books."

Daisie, 12, Berkshire, England

"I think that books are better to read than waiting for the movie to come out. When you read a book your imagination can go wild, but then if you watch the film it will destroy your imagination."

Billie-Jo, 9, Manchester, England

"Personally I love reading books more than watching films because it is easier to imagine things while I read a book than watching a film! Books are brilliant, read them!"

Anna, 12, Reading, England

"I love both, although I hate reading a book after I've seen the film. I can watch the film after reading the book, but not the other way round. Watching a film is a good thing to do with friends, but reading a book is a good way to unwind."

Caitlin, 13, Liverpool, England

"I like reading better than watching films because books give you the actual story whereas films give you the same story in a different version, which might confuse people after they have read the book."

Kathryn, 11, England

"I like reading and watching films but I like reading better."

Charlotte, 10, Caerphilly, Wales

"I prefer watching the films because you can relax!"

Amy, 12, Norwich, England

"It really depends if there is already a book of the film. If there is already a book, then the book is usually better than the film! I really enjoy watching films with my friends anyway, especially when it is a film with no book!"

Amber-Louise, 13, Manchester, England

"Books are brilliant because they let your imagination roam free, however I love films because they have special effects! I'm not sure."

Erin, 13, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I like to read books because you can let you imagination go wild but at the same time you get to see what everything is like when the movies come out."

Toni, 12, Lisburn, N. Ireland

"I prefer watching films because I hate reading!"

Annabelle, 12, Surrey, England

"I prefer reading books because some of the best books ever written are not made into films. Because of this, I hardly ever watch films!"

Anna, 14, Aberdeen, Scotland

"I prefer reading books because you have a bookmark to show you where you read up to, whereas in a film you have to remember where you are!"

Dick, 11, London, England

"Films rock because you don't have to read typing."

Ruth, 13, Lancashire, England

"I love films because you can relax watching them."

Becky, 12, London, England

"I don't know really. With some films I think the book is better but then sometimes films are better than the book."

Ruby, 10, Wakefield, England

"We think books are good because you can let you're imagination go wild with the characters! Films are good because you can see the excitement and you can actually see the characters!"

Truly and Billie-Jo, 10 and 9, Manchester, England

"I think books are better, as they let you have more of an imagination when thinking about the characters and locations mentioned. However, I love it when my favourite books are made into films, as it's interesting to see what other people's perspectives of the books are."

Callan, 13, Co. Down, N. Ireland

"Books are much better. When reading a book you can let your imagination decide how the characters feel and look, whereas in films, some director decides how they look and talk."

Hannah, 11, London, England

"Books are much better! They can take you much further than movies, even with all the new special effects."

Jamie, 10, Lanarkshire, Scotland

"Books and films have their advantages and disadvantages. Books really increase your imagination and you can always close the book if you are too scared or don't enjoy it. Films are good to watch because you can share your love of the film with other people."

Martha, 10, London, England

"I like films because you can chill out."

Emily, 10, London, England

"I love films more because you don't need to strain your imagination creating the character."

Isabella, 12, Manchester, England

"I love watching films. They come with popcorn and fizzy drinks and books are not able to do that."

Katherina-Louise, 10, Woking, England

"I prefer reading books."

Maddy, 9, London, England

"I think that both books and films are good in their own right. With a book you can discover more about the storyline and the characters, whereas with a film it is much more visual and you learn more about the setting and dialogue. It is impossible to choose a preferred way."

Bethany, 14, Kingston Upon Thames, England

"I'd love watching the film rather than reading the book. It takes less time and also you can see it visually."

Anahita, 12, Hounslow, England

"I prefer the films rather than the books."

Zaynab, 11, Bradford, England

"I think books are 100% better, because you can imagine them in your head and make them into whoever you want them to be. But in films, they are already there and it spoils it."

Faduma, 11, London, England

"I think books are better, although films are great. Books make your imagination run wild while a film is a fixed book that can never be changed or thought of as something else."

Callum, 11, Swindon, England

"Books are definitely better! There are so many good books available and the films of the books are never as good. When you read a book you can let your imagination take charge and decide yourself how the characters look etc. Plus, you can just pick up and read a book, whereas it is better to watch a film all in one go."

Laura, 13, New Malden, England

"Books sooooo ROCK! I think they're way better than films because you can imagine how everything is like you want to. The movie always changes everything!"

Emma, 11, Rome, Italy

"I think they are both equally fantastic, but as a bookworm myself I have to say that reading is quite an amazing thing to do. You can actually imagine the things happening in your head and it is very good for your education. But television is a treat for when you deserve it, so I give 55% to reading and 45% to television!"

Amy, 11, London, England

"I think books are better because you can take them anywhere and you don't need special equipment for books. With films, you need a TV to watch them. Also, you can read as little or as much as you like in a book, it lasts longer and you can enjoy it more."

Martha, 11, Somerset, England

"I like both. I like going to the cinema, and I think reading books gives more detail."

Bethany, 10, Lincoln, England

"I think that films are better than books, because they take a lot less time than books."

Mary, 10, Egham, England

"Film Fanatic here! I think films are better because they have 3D special effects and books can't do that."

Scarlett, 13, Newcastle, England

"I like films but the books are always better. The films always miss out all the little details which make the books special."

Laura, 14, Woking, England

"Books are good because you can imagine the story, but films are good because you can hear and see the stories come to life."

Alice, 13, Hitchin, England

"I like books better because you can imagine things better and you can be in the book."

Fahima, 13, London, England

"I LOVE books, however I LOVE films too. So it's 50/50 for me."

Rebecca, 12, Manchester, England

"Books are better because you can picture the character in your own way, not how a movie director sees them."

Carolina, 12, Surrey, England

"I either watch a movie first and if I like it read the book, or do it the other way round! I enjoy reading but I only get stuck in to really good books, others I don't read as often."

Imaan, 9, London, England

"Books are waaay better. Most people like movies better, but I love reading!"

Stephen, 9, Dublin, Ireland

"I think books are better than films because the books include things that the films don't, and you can imagine what the characters' world is like."

Samantha, 13, Stockport, England

"I like reading and watching films that are books, because me and my mum see the differences between them. The books we have read are completely, and sometimes hardly, different to the films."

Paige, 12, Doncaster, England

"READING RULES!!!!!!!!!!!"

Amy, 10, Londonderry, N. Ireland

"I prefer reading books. I can sit for hours on end reading! I go through about six books per day. I am a book worm!!"

Eli, 8, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I like films better, because it brings the book to life. It makes you take a step into the magic of the film!"

Saadullah, 14, Nottingham, England

"Half of our class prefer books because they have better descriptions and allow you to use your imagination much more. The other half prefer films because the soundtrack can give them more atmosphere. Also, films have more action in them."

Class 5PM, 9-10, Manchester, England

"I prefer to read books, but I like to see the films too."

Alice, 12, Herts, England

"I think that watching films is more relaxing than reading books but reading gives you a much better view."

Scott, 9, Somerset, England

"Books are soooo much better than films because you have to imagine everything and it has all the detail in."

Matthew, 10, Somerset, England

"I think that books are much better than films because they have much more detail and you can use your imagination as to how everything might look."

Joseph, 9, Devon, England

"I prefer reading because the variety of books is good and you can read them anywhere."

Molly, 6, Somerset, England

"Films are better, no question!"

Dan, 12, Surrey, England

"I like watching movies because I don't have the time to read books, but I try to read books whenever I can!"

Allison, 12, Penang, Malaysia

"Films are better because they are easier to understand and it takes too long reading books."

Shannon, 11, County Londonderry, N. Ireland

"I think that films are better than books."

Ines, 8, Hampshire, England

"Books are better than films because films ruin your picture of the characters and places."

Sidney, 10, Birmingham, England

"Both are good. Films tell you the story better but reading books is calming."

Aimee, 12, Kent, England

"I REALLY prefer films because books are so boring. When I watch a film the real story comes into my head."

Yasmin, 10, Kent, England

"Reading a book is better because you get to work with your imagination."

Paige-Ashleigh, 11, Coventry, England

"I think 50-50 on this one. I like books, but I like watching films."

Charles, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I prefer books because you have more freedom to imagine the characters."

Ellie, 12, France

"I think books are great because you can interpret and visualise them how you want."

Tom, 10, Oxfordshire, England

"Books are much better than films because you can create a picture in your head and release your imagination!"

Angus, 11, Isle of Wight, England

"I definitely prefer books to films. My favourite book is Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian which I've read over 9 times!"

Anna-Louise, 11, Lancashire, England

"Books are better."

Jenna, 9, Suffolk, England

"Books are better because you can imagine the pictures and what the characters looks like, they have more information."

Kate, 9, Merseyside, England

"I love reading because you can imagine what everything looks like. Books are more descriptive."

Oliver, 8, Oxfordshire, England

"I think films are great but books are better because you can decide what the setting and characters look like."

Oscar, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I prefer to read a book because you can imagine the scenery instead of watching someone else's version."

Pippa, 10, London, England

"Films always. Books take ages to read and films are more dramatic and scary."

Chloe, 8, Norfolk, England

"There is so much more detail in a book than in a film!"

Georgina, 12, Sheffield, England

"I think books are the best because you can imagine the characters and places in your own individual way."

Ellie, 14, Cambridgeshire, England

"I love, love, love reading!! It's great because you get to imagine for yourself what a story looks like. With films, you don't get that advantage."

Hannah, 12, County Galway, Ireland

"I love reading and every night I snuggle up in bed with a good book. I can't stop. I love movies as well but you don't get to imagine your own characters like you can with a book."

Aisling, 13, County Tyrone, N.Ireland

"I think reading is better because you can imagine the story."

Maisie, 10, Cambridgeshire, England

"I think that books are better than watching a film because you can use your imagination."

Elliott, 9, West Sussex, England

"I think reading is far, far better any day. Lots of the details in the books are rarely included in the films."

Irfaan, 11, Leicester, England

"I like reading books better because they last longer. Loads of good books don't get turned into movies, so you can't watch them anyway."

Ffion, 11, County Wexford, Ireland

"I prefer reading."

Lara, 10 London, England

"I prefer books as they stretch your imagination, I think watching the films is the lazy option. Also a film only lasts an hour or two but a book can last between a week and a month."

Nat, 14, Gloucestershire, England

"I think books are much better because if you've not read the book you don't enjoy the movie as much."

Ryan, 12, Dorset, England

"I think books are the best because they include everything you can imagine. I read the books so when I go to see the films I know what they are about and what bits have been cut out."

Ben, 12, Warwickshire, England

"I enjoy watching films and reading books."

James, 11, Hertfordshire, England

"I prefer books because they have more information than just watching a film."

Korin, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I love to read and books have more detail. The new Percy Jackson movie did not follow the plot of the book."

Elise, 13, Leicester, England

"I enjoy reading because you can imagine what things look like, in movies it is given to you on a plate."

Tanzila, 12, Birmingham, England

"I love books far more than films because I can imagine what the characters and scenes look like. I do like to sit down and watch a film at night though."

Amy, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"I like films better because you get better effects.""

Meg, 10, Northampton, England

"I think reading is much better than films because you can get lost inside a book and let your imagination flow. With a film you can't do that!"

Lydia, 11, Shropshire, England

"Books are actually better than films because if you read the story before you see the film you get a picture of what the film is like."

Nicol, 10, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

"I think books are better than films because you can actually imagine the story and feel like its really happening to you."

Samuel, 8, Surrey, England

"I much prefer reading! That way you can imagine the characters and setting in your head."

Flora, 11, Scotland

"I love reading books. They're great and offer a brilliant learning opportunity."

Lylah, 10, Paris, France

"Definitely films. They are quicker and you can relax without having to spend hours finding out what happens."

Amber, 11, Blackpool, England

"I like to read more than watch films because books have more info than the films. I am a Harry Potter fan, they are the best."

Dayna, 11, Kent, England

"I think books are much better than films. You get more action than you do in the movies."

Fiona, 11, Lanarkshire, Scotland

"Films are better because it's quicker to watch than it is to read. With all the bits added to books they get boring."

Bethany, 10 Coventry, England

"I prefer reading books because you can invent the hero how you want."

Kevin, 14, France

"I like books the best as there are different types like manga and fiction."

Sakura, 13, London, England

"I prefer reading because there is more detail and you can actually imagine you're there."

Hannah-Louise, 11, Surrey, England

"I prefer reading books because you can create much more with your own imagination and films don't do it as well."

Abby, 13, Wolverhampton, England

"Films are much better than books because they are more exciting."

Lorna, 12, Cambridgeshire, England

"I prefer reading books because I love the way the characters can look completely different in your head before actually seeing them in a film."

Jack, 11, Norwich, England

"Books, hands down. Books leave so much more to you and your imagination."

Heather, 14, North Yorkshire, England

"When you read it's like you are in another world or time experiencing what the characters are feeling or doing. I like watching movies, but if I had to choose between watching movies or reading a good, fat fantasy book I'd definitely choose reading!"

Kahsayla, 13, California, USA

"Books are so much better. Some of the most brilliant books are not made into films and reading books boosts your English and spelling skills."

Alex, 12, Essex, England

"I prefer films to books although there is more detail in books."

Georgia, 12, Bedfordshire, England

"I much prefer reading because you can let your imagination run away with you. In movies someone else thinks up the characters."

Georgia, 10, East Yorkshire, England

"I like films much more than books because it is easier to get your head around what the story is about."

Jack, 14, London, England

"What I like to do is watch the film then read the book, that way I am able to compare the two and say which is better."

Fatima, 14, Middlesex, England

"I prefer books because when you read them you get time to think. When you're pausing to read you can use your imagination."

Alex, 7, Oxford, England

"I LOVE books far better because you can imagine it yourself."

Emma, 11, Bicester, England

"I think books are so much better than movies! Sometimes movies are quite good to watch, but a book is so much better. You can let your imagination go wild and you can imagine the characters and everything in the book."

Martha, 10, Leeds, England

"I know it's bad, but I rather prefer watching films. I can only get into books by Jacqueline Wilson."

Bethan, 13, Swansea, Wales

"I didn't even know it was World Book Day! My school did nothing whatsoever. I am appalled about this, and hope to have more luck next year!"

Maddie, 9, Norfolk, England

"I prefer films more than books because films have action."

Daniel, 8, Shrewsbury, England

"Harry Potter books are way better than the films because you can use your imagination more, but I like the films because they have lots action."

Poppy, 14, Cardiff, Wales

"I LOVE books more than films because I feel more relaxed."

Maya, 9, London, England

"FILMS are better than reading books because they give me a headache."

Luke, 9, Wiltshire, England

"I like reading books but I like watching films too!"

Rebecca, 12, Manchester, England

"Reading is best. Films cost so much and it costs to rent them, but books you can pick up anytime and lose yourself!"

Orli, 10, London, England

"I cannot decide! Reading is good but films are exciting."

Emily, 7, Caerphilly, Wales

"I think it is better to watch a film, so you can see the whole thing in picture view, and it only takes up to two hours. If you're reading the book, you are sitting there for days trying to finish it!"

Gemma, 13, Falkirk, Scotland

"I love books. I always read the book before I see the film. I always think that the film is usually rubbish compared to the book."

Nia, 12, Kent, England

"I like films better because you don't have to concentrate so much and I hate concentrating!!"

Emz, 12, Derby, England

"I definitely prefer reading books because you can rely on them for an escapist fantasy. It's a different world from reality."

Krishna, 12, Cambridge, England

"I like reading better, then you can imagine the settings and characters. With films, they tell you what they look like!"

Ada, 11, London, England

"I like films better than books, but since I have been reading Harry Potter I can see why everyone else in my family prefers books! Now I am reading more than ever!"

Esther, 13, London, England

"I definitely prefer reading! With books, it's completely unlimited and anything can happen. With films, it's so much more restricted, because you have a budget and there might not be the technology to create the effects you want."

Iris, 12, Bristol, England

"I prefer watching films, but reading can be just as good."

Samuel, 13, West Sussex, England

"I prefer reading books because they have more detail in. If I watch a film of a book I've read, I'm always disappointed because there are always parts missing from the book."

Alice, 14, Worcester, England

"I prefer books because there is usually more detail in books than movies!"

Georgia, 12, Aberdeen, England

"I like reading and watching films, I can't decide."

Lauren, 9, Kent, England

"I love reading. I think that books are better than the films because when I watch films my favourite bits aren't always included. My favourite author is Jacqueline Wilson."

Catriona, 10, Gwent, Wales

"I prefer reading books to watching films."

Jessica, 10, Hampshire, England

"I like both reading and watching films, but I think my favourite would have to be book reading."

Olivia, 11, Plymouth, England

"I think reading is better because it gives you more detail and is better for you."

Millie, 9, Surrey, England

"Reading is OK but I associate it with school work too much. Usually when books are made into films they don't get it right so it's not enjoyable to watch. They try to add stupid jokes."

Suzanne, 14, Hertfordshire, England

"Books, definitely."

Guy, 13, Kingston, Jamaica

"I much prefer reading books to watching films! I have always loved reading because you can really get stuck into a book and they last longer than a film!"

Alice, 13, Bristol, England

"I think that books are better than films because films usually miss big chunks of the books out."

Owen, 11, Clwyd, Wales

"I read. It's good."

Bob, 10, Switzerland

"I love books, even as movies."

Nicole, 13, Utrecht, Netherlands