Why read the book? When you can just watch the movie. I have a little view in this.
When you pick up a book, there is a commitment you make to it, a promise to not give up midway at chapters perhaps not so interesting, while reaching the end and watching the story unfold at every word. While watching a movie, all you have to do is sit in your seat and take in what the screen shows you.
But, reading a book is so different from this. When your read a book, you are creating the world and characters described by the author using your own imagination. So, in a way, the story becomes a personal experience that you see from the character’s point of view. You are the screen stylist in this case. You feel yourself walking through the places in the book, feeling the emotions of the characters. This is something that can be experienced through very few other mediums.
People who enjoy reading, like watching and observing the world that the author has created. It may be in variance with our regular life process and thought streams and may not be understood all the time, but it can be always interpreted. The most amazing part is the permission granted to enter another person’s imagination, meet the unknown, sometimes unexpected, feel a feeling and get drenched in its newness and freshness.
To me, at times, to be able to take a dive into an intimate and exclusive territory with books-
that is the most amazing thing in the world.