This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Suggested by: Superfastreader:
Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie?
Really? What we want from a book is different than what we want from a movie? I don’t think this is a correct statement.
This goes back to my recent post, Why Do You Read? Wouldn’t you agree that we all read to be entertained, to get wrapped up in a story? Isn’t that what watching a movie is all about, albeit in a different form? Many people read to escape, and watching a movie provides a means of escape as well.
Excuse me while I stick my nose in the air and start talking with a British accent…
Movies, while they provide a good story and a means of escape, don’t require any interaction from the audience. A person could sit in a theater, drooling on themselves, while all their brain has to think about is how to get their hand to their mouth so they can eat popcorn. Reading, on the other hand, requires a lot more brain function. You can’t be passive while you read; it’s an interactive process that engages the reader.
I think this question is best answered by Madeleine L’Engle, though:
Readers usually grossly underestimate their own importance. If a reader cannot create a book along with the writer, the book will never come to life. Creative involvement: that’s the difference between reading a book and watching TV.
In watching TV, we are passive – sponges; we do nothing. In reading we must become creators, imagining the setting of the story, seeing the facial expressions, hearing the inflection of the voices. The author and the reader ‘know’ each other; they meet on the bridge of words.
Isn’t that one of the best quotes ever?