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How to answer people asking you 'Why do you love to read?"

  1. wanzulfikri profile image70
    wanzulfikriposted 6 years ago

    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?

    1. dtrunce profile image59
      dtrunceposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. wixor profile image61
        wixorposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        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!

    2. cobrien profile image77
      cobrienposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

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      V Qisyaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Just let your friend know that reading is part of you and it makes you a little wiser ;D

  2. wixor profile image61
    wixorposted 6 years ago

    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!

  3. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    I answer their question with asking a question- why does it concern you? lol

  4. moiragallaga profile image81
    moiragallagaposted 6 years ago

    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.

  5. Lisa HW profile image78
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    Nobody's ever asked me that one.  Everyone I know just takes for granted that everyone else reads.  smile  (I hope your friend was just taking a survey or writing a school report or something, because that's a kind of bizarre question.  lol  )

    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.

  6. EmpressFelicity profile image75
    EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago

    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).

    1. kirstenblog profile image79
      kirstenblogposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Damn it, you got there first! lol

      1. EmpressFelicity profile image75
        EmpressFelicityposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Great minds think alike big_smile

        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.

        1. kirstenblog profile image79
          kirstenblogposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          With the rise of e-readers I do wonder if someday reading a proper book will be considered weird? I also wonder if all my books will become collectors items? lol

  7. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 6 years ago

    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 lol

  8. mel22 profile image60
    mel22posted 6 years ago

    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'

  9. mel22 profile image60
    mel22posted 6 years ago

    I personally don't like fiction so my personal answer would  be only the
    'for knowledge' part

  10. LisaKoski profile image95
    LisaKoskiposted 6 years ago

    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.

  11. ikechiawazie profile image60
    ikechiawazieposted 6 years ago

    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.