Why Do You Reference Movies When you Talk About Books?

People ask why I often refer to movies when I talk about books. Here’s why:

If a million people read a book, it’s a runaway best seller.
If only a million people see a movie, it’s a flop.

Movies reach a much larger audience than books, so it’s a more common point of reference.

Makes sense to me!
Makes sense to me!

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

15 thoughts on “Why Do You Reference Movies When you Talk About Books?

  1. I agree… I read AND see movies so I can talk about both. But if a book is really successful, it will sell more than a million copies, eh? 😉
    I also think movies and books are a great way to start a conversation, You can learn a lot about a person based on what they read (or if they don’t read) and what movies they watch (or don’t watch). It is a safe topic for me and I use it to gauge whether or not deeper subjects can be broached like religion, current events or politics….

    1. I tell people “I don’t read.” That’s supposedly like one of the worst things you can say to an author. I should probably stop saying it.

      It’s more accurate to say something like “I read three online newspapers and ten blogs, plus write probably a five hundred to thousand words, all before 6am, and then critique 3,000 – 10,000 words before my daughter wakes up for breakfast. But that sounds so pretentious.

      Meanwhile, I tend to not read a book at all, until I do – and then I devour it nonstop in 1 or 2 days.

      So I say “I don’t read” – meaning books – because most of the time I’m not. I probably don’t go a week without seeing a movie or two, either on TV or at the theater.

  2. Playing to an audience that has grown up in a very visual world, referencing movies is a quick way to establish an image, concept, or theme with a visual quickly so you can more rapidly go on and talk about what you want without long explanations

  3. I reference movies when I talk about…well,,,pretty much anything. It scares people sometimes. Like at work last week I made some witty comment and someone told me I was funny.
    “Whaddaya mean I’m FUNNY? How am I funny? What’s funny about me? Huh? Huh? Like funny ha ha or funny queer? Huh? How am I funny? How am I funny?”
    The look of terror in her widened eyes finally clued me in to the fact she’d probably never seen Goodfellas. (sigh.)

  4. I wanted to say I keep the two pretty separate but then I realized just this last week I talked my writers group into a field trip to see a movie. And I’m currently running a how to write workshop based on a film script book. LOL. um….media co-mingles, on it’s own. Like teenagers you just can;t keep them apart. That’s my story.

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