I've always wondered why people read. What makes a book worth while? What makes it worth taking time out of your life to read it? Personally, I read to escape my mediocre life. I like to be taken into the character's mindset, especially character's that find it in themselves to rise above what they are to become greater than they ever thought they could. Any thoughts on the matter?
So we will have something to fight about.
In a way, it makes sense...but in more ways than one does it not. Why would you fight about a novel?
There was a time when I allowed myself to become completely absorbed in novels I was reading, I still have to be careful with that; I try to live my own life as much as possible.
To address the question though, I think most people take reading for granted; reading and writing are two of the most abstract and distinctively human activities in which people engage. Humanity likely struggled with passing on verbal information for tens of thousands of years before developing written communication; we had no history prior to writing, only myth.
Personally, I think most of the really unbelievable bible stories are the product of verbal histories told and re-told over 40,000 years or so, and then finally written down.
I used to read because I had to when I was younger. Although I loved writing poetry and short-stories, I never really read for "pleasure" back in my youth. As I got older, I only read for educational purposes, and maybe an occasional novel that had some purpose...like say Ayn Rand's work.
That's why when I finally decided to write my novel, I chose a fictional format replete with archeological and historical facts (Da Vinci Code-esque) because I think it is the best way to get the info I wanted to get across to the largest number of readers.
I don't enjoy reading for "reading sake" if I am not getting anything useful from it. A good Fairy Tale with a moral message is far more entertaining than a soupy "chick novel" about some woman's personal fantasy with the gardener, if you get my drift...
I like reading because books take me to places I have never been to, reading a book I can imagine characters as I personally want to see them, that's why I don't really like to watch screen versions of books after I read a book, it always seems to me than in my dreams all the characters were better. I like reading because it simply gives an opportunity to relax and dream a bit.
I read to think and write to create. I know it is simple and sounds trite, but it is true. I want to be engaged and learn when I take the time to read and I want to share something of worth with the world.
I read to learn things. I usually do not sit down and read a book about things that I cannot learn from, but I like to read educational things online.
I have read since I was a small child--and I know I'll never quit. I love to escape into worlds so much different than my own sometimes...not that I don't love my world, I do...but it's so fun to see and experience other worlds, too.
I can sit for hours, late into the night, with a book, and never get bored. TV? It holds my attention for such a short time--give me a good book over that anytime!
You ask "why is it people read?"
Well in the first place to learn to wrote good.
You need to read in order to wrote good you know. '
You may need to read more yourself.
That way you may be able to wrote good.
And then not ask 'why is it people read?'
Instead of 'why DO people read?'
I think a good reader knows when it's important to comment on grammatical mistakes and when doing so will only result in looking ridiculously obnoxious!
I enjoy reading for personal pleasure. If I am not satisfied with the way someone wrote their words, I can only acknowledge the fundamental right of man to write the way they wish.
Hey answer man well said.I think you are becoming a answering machine.thank you for sharing.
I sorta prefer "why is it".
I read mostly fiction, specifically fantasy. And I live in that world, surfacing in this one just long enough to to what must be done for any given moment, then retreat to my hideout.
I read to learn. Learn facts, history, life lessons. I just read a book about Woodstock, it was a personal memoir with lots of history about the event and that time in the US. Before that I read a memoir about a woman's life. It amazed me. Books that amaze me, and that I get excited to tell someone about, are the best.
I read for the pleasure of it. It's quiet time with myself. I read about whatever subject interests me at the time. Those interests meander from one to another so I never know what I'll be reading next. It takes me down roads I never thought to explore before and becomes an adventure in the process. Fiction and non fiction. TV will never compare.
I read because text interface is the fastest, most secure, most easy way to get information.
I view reading as enrichment and not necessarily escape. I have read online articles, blog, and books for so many years that it is so much part of my life. One of my sisters really does not enjoy reading, and she thinks it is a waste of time. However, the way I see it is time it time, and you have twenty-four hours each day to decide how to spend it. If you write down a list of all the things you do each day there are probably many time wasters, but reading would not be one of these in my humble opinion. I think waiting in line a the grocery store is a far worse waste of my time personally.
I learned to read as a youngster (1956) so I could read playboy. ;p)
Before there were computers and the internet, the written word was one of the main means of communication. I read for pleasure, information, knowledge, entertainment and mental gymnastics. Yup, reading encourages creativity, imagination and dreams. So, that's why I read.
Interesting topic. At the very basic level we read for survival. I cannot imagine trying to get through a day without reading anything. However, I think you are going for the "Why do we read books" kind of question.
I agree so far with all of the answers (except perhaps the playboy one!) I also read for entertainment, knowledge, and relaxation. So I guess "survival" is the only thing new I can add.
I read so I can become a better writer. Still, any parent of young children will surely tell you how difficult it is to find time or energy to read. I'm much better at listening to a book while I'm working on something else (gardening, an art project, whatever).
If I don't listen to a book and actually get to read the words, I find the only time I can do this is late night, by which time, the reading puts me to sleep.
Used to love reading Jack London incredibly descriptive stories if I wanted to escape into another place. If ever there was an expert on "show, don't tell," it was Jack London.
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