I suppose you could call me a modest fan of the written word. After all, I am writing this. In fact, I enjoy writing. Believe it or not, I like reading too.
Let me clarify that last sentence. I like reading emails, the newspaper and magazine articles. You know, things that are short and have an ending that I can see with my own eyes on the same piece of paper. What I do not particularly enjoy is reading books. I’m sorry, I just don’t. I have probably read no more than a dozen or so novels in my entire lifetime. I have read one or two really good books out of those dozen.
I think reading books is a waste of time. For some reason, the appearance or perception of someone reading a book is more positive than someone who watching TV. I don’t know why. There are probably just as many stupid books as there are stupid movies. Someone reading a romance novel is wasting more of their time than someone watching a movie like Braveheart, in my opinion.
Reading takes too long, too. With a movie, I can get a rich experience in less than two hours. That is what I am talking about. It takes me weeks to read a book. I read very slowly and after two pages, my mind starts drifting to what is going on around me. If that isn’t the case, then I find myself eventually slipping into following the words and turning pages, only to be really be thinking about what I am going to do the next day. While holding the book, my life is ticking away and I am following words on a page at a snail’s pace. Boring!
I am not trying to promote movies, I just demoting books. It is a matter of time spent. Personally, I like to be doing five things at once. I can play a computer game, hear a new CD, and watch a TV show all at the same time. When I curl up with a book, I feel lonely and isolated. I have too much to do and too many ideas of my own to sit still day after day, reading a book that drags on for what seems like forever. Condense it all into a short story, and I might be interested.
Just think about how much of your life you spend reading books and try to remember what happens in any of them. I bet you can’t. So why bother. I’ll wait for the movie.