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My friend just asked me and I felt weird thinking about the answers. For me, books are forms of entertainment and knowledge. What do you guys think?
When you watch a movie or TV show you are seeing what everyone else sees - there's nothing special about it. But when you read your imagination creates the details of the story. It becomes personal to you - you use the author's details to create an image in your mind. That's why seeing the movie after reading a book can be disappointing. It rarely comes across on screen the way you envisioned it.
Also, a movie is clearly more commercial, catering to a shorter attention span. As you say, with a book, your imagination is creating the detail, but you also have more time for that to develop. Now and then you might see a movie which makes you think, even after the movie has finished, rare though that might be!
Personally, I think writing, rather than reading gives you even more enjoyment. I think too many books are written with movie rights in mind!
My sister and I raised our seven children in the same house. When I read, I don't have to worry about missing a an important part of the story. That's what I tell people.
Just let your friend know that reading is part of you and it makes you a little wiser ;D
One response to your friend might be: Why do you love to do the things you do?
That sounds a little defensive, I know. But there are simple, or complex answers to such deep questions!
Why do some people love sports? If you consider that sports are simply a modern day way to resolve tribal conflict it does make sense.
Why does reading/writing exist at all? Human beings need to communicate effectively, to gain knowledge and be entertained; just as you say in your post.
But, why do people love some things, and not others? That would be a question far removed from my simple understanding of life!
I answer their question with asking a question- why does it concern you?
It's kind of hard to explain but I love to read because of the satisfaction or this wonderful feeling I get when I set aside time for myself to relax and read a book. I guess it operates on two levels. One is the entertainment and interest generated by the story of a good book and the other is the emotional satisfaction of the whole exercise of reading - time for yourself, relaxation, setting aside for a while all your worldly worries, etc.
Nobody's ever asked me that one. Everyone I know just takes for granted that everyone else reads. (I hope your friend was just taking a survey or writing a school report or something, because that's a kind of bizarre question. )
I suppose my answer would be, "Because there's something I want to learn more about, and reading is the only way to do that." I'd probably add that I do enjoy reading because it's interesting.
IMO "Why do you love to read?" isn't nearly such a strange question as "Why are you reading?" (as mentioned in a Bill Hicks comedy routine once).
Great minds think alike
I dunno why, but that particular comedy routine has always stuck in my mind for some reason. One thing's for sure, I'd hate to live in a world where people thought it was perfectly resonable to ask that particular question. I'd know that the idiots had truly taken over.
This reminds me of Bill Hicks
He did this bit in his comedy stand up where he tells the story of visiting a cafe in the south. The waitress comes up to him and asks "what ya readin for?" to which he replies, "so I don't end up a waitress on minimum wage!". What got him was the 'for' bit, totally expected to be asked what he was reading, not what he was reading for
i think your description stated it all... basically if it's fiction than the answer would be for entertainment and if it was non-fiction then the answer would be for 'knowledge'... so just as you said 'for entertainment and knowledge'
I personally don't like fiction so my personal answer would be only the
'for knowledge' part
I always like asking people who ask me why I read why they don't read. That's something that I just don't understand. Usually they say something like "reading is too boring." Pretty sure a life without any reading would be very unfulfilled and under-informed.
I have been asked by my friends and even my mom, "why do you like to read" and my answer has always been that I just can't help it; I love to read. Nothing is weird about that. What's weird is when people try to make you look weird to what they think is weird.
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