I’ve heard it said that books have been replaced by movies and video games–yet I don’t for one minute think that books have become outdated. That simply cannot happen! Despite the push for other modes of entertainment, books are still highly valuable. Without books, children won’t learn how to read. They need to start with books so that eventually they will grow up to read how-to manuals for their computers and appliances, as well as the study materials they’ll be bombarded with in college.
There is something to be said about reading a book. It engages the mind, nourishes the brain, and is relaxing for the body. It’s true you can sit and watch a movie or listen to music and reap similar benefits, but with reading you don’t have to share that time with anyone. it’s a private sanctuary for your eyes only.
Reading can be done anywhere, without batteries or generators to supply power. It doesn’t necessarily cost anything, since you can borrow books from the library. You don’t have to rent books for a fee as you do movies. Books are more in-depth than movies, mainly because there are no time constraints.
Books have always been a highly prized method of entertainment for all ages. Story-telling has long been a means of communication and entertainment among people, bringing them together through enlightenment. Eventually, the stories were written down and combined on scrolls, then books, and acted out as plays.
Some successful writers of their times include William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Geoffrey Chaucer. At one time, only the very educated could read, while the illiterate attended plays. And then a rigorous education system evolved to include the very young, where the written language and books themselves became as plentiful as they were useful and popular.
Through further advancement in technology, the book publishing and book binding industries crafted books of all kinds, prompting readers the desire to collect first copies, limited editions, those with impressive illustrations, or ones written by the well-known writers of their time. There are book signings, book fairs, book drives, book clubs, and programs established allowing children to receive free books. How on earth could books be disappearing from our society?
Of course, that same technology has been responsible for the advancement of plays into film. From silent films in black-and-white, to films with sound, to technicolor picture, to digital and dolby surround sound, and even 3-D, it’s true that so many in our society have been enticed to only watch movies instead of picking up a book. And honestly, I have to say it shows in their personalities. Because all the people who prefer television and movies over books are part of the fast-paced crowd of instant gratification.
They don’t want to take the time to let something come to fruition, to savor the moment. The heavy thinkers, those who do read, are often ridiculed and called “book worms”. But honestly, is that so bad? I don’t think so. Books enable you to have the knowledge to succeed, express yourself well, and enjoy more satisfying careers. It’s really those who miss out on books who miss out on the better parts of life.