What Can Brown Do For You? (jeremyb) wrote,
What Can Brown Do For You?

Why books are evil

I enjoy reading. I like getting transported to other times, places, seasons, and just in general, using my imagination. I like getting to know the characters, and feeling for them, liking them, hating them, or wanting to marry them. The problem with books is this. The good ones get you sucked in, and you don't put the book down till 4am, which is not a good idea. I remember several years ago, reading The Lion's Game It's a little over 600 pages, and I read it in 2 days. Now, that doesn't leave a whole lot of time for sleep. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and even went back and reread it several months ago (over 4 days this time). I don't often to that with books, but I wanted something to read that I knew I'd like. The imagery and descriptions were vivid, and while a movie can come close, it never sticks with me like a book. Movies are generally 2 hours long, and you never really get to know the characters. You never really like them, and you have a budget for locations, unlike a book.

This leads into the 2nd problem. Because books have far more in depth character development than movies, I get far more attached to the characters than in the movies. When the book is over, that's it. You don't hear from the characters for years after that (if at all). Kind of a letdown. Sometimes it'd be easier if the characters that we liked all just perished at the end. We'd feel sorry for them, but then there wouldn't be any expectations.

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