“Why would I read a book, if I can watch it anyway?” My niece told me, and that’s one of the most haunting statements I’ve ever heard. In the world that we live in now, everything is given to us so easily. If we want inspiration, we search through Tumblr, If we want information about a scientist, we google it. If we want to listen to a beautiful song, we play it on youtube.
Every single thing that we do is given to us on a silver platter; that’s why a book is the only antique living thing in this millennial world that gives us something to think about. And if they keep turning books into movies, than how can we teach imagination to our children?
I started reading at an early age. With the help of my mother, I got to read beautiful classics such as Black Beauty, Pride and Prejudice, Oliver Twist and so on. At first I hated it! Because the words were so boring and I thought, I would rather watch the Powerpuff girls than read this shit. But I was wrong. Reading made me travel to the 19th century without a time traveler. Reading made me a horse in England without a fairy god mother. And reading gave me friends, from all around the world without a plane ticket.
When you read a book, you allow yourself to enter a new world, a world where no one has been before. You get to feel, you get to think, you get to live. George R.R Martin said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.” We shouldn’t turn books into movies, because we lose our freedom to imagine. And most importantly, we lose our freedom to think.