Rosana Garcia H. is retail manager at Pinctada LLC, Dubai.

By being more imaginative Despite the efforts of the film industry, let's face it: actions, feelings and characters will always be better in your imagination while reading the book. I don't know why but Mr Tanaka (Memoirs of a Geisha) looked much taller, more handsome and stronger in my mind.

Contradicting the casting Your favourite book has been made into a movie but when you read the list of cast and crew you gasp, "I would've chosen someone totally different for the main character." However, sometimes there are exceptions: Colin Firth is my perfect Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

Providing unlimited excitement The promise of an unexpected end keeps me reading. But if I watch the movie first, it spoils everything by unveiling the mystery. Then there's no point in reading the book!

Revving up cerebral activity Since I don't exercise these days, at least I exercise the intellect by reading.

By simply being books I believe movies make readers an endangered species.Providing the personal touch There's something books have that movies will never get: the author's personal touch. In writing a script so many people are involved – actors, directors, producers who shape the final product.

Clearing up the differencess You'll often hear people saying, "I haven't read the book but I've seen the movie." A lot of people seem to think it's the same thing.

By being natural I have a problem when I can't recognise my favourite book behind too many editing cuts and lifts here and there. It's like a beautiful woman after bad plastic surgery.

Packing in more in more There is no way a 500-page masterpiece can be turned into a good two-hour movie. There is too much to say, experience and share in such a short period of time.

By allowing you to be a one-man show Why make a book into a movie when you can be the cast, crew, producer and director of your own screenplay?
– As told to Hina Navin