Books and movies are an introvert’s best friends. They suck you into their world of fantasy and make you escape your reality for a while. And if you love tales as much as I do, then you’d cook up sequels in your head even after you’re done reading or watching the movie so you could stay in the fantasy world a little longer. I’ve even dreamt about being in the story a couple of times; anything to continue the story.
I love reading; it’s as essential to my well-being just as eating right is. If there’s one thing that I have a high tolerance level for, it’s for books. No matter how boring or difficult it is to read, I’d go against my usual instincts to drop it for something else and read to the end. Why, because I believe every author has a point to make; it’s just that some take longer to put it across than others. I remember reading a book called Thunderstruck or something like that; the first half was…should I say a test of my patience but the second half was amazing! I’m so glad I didn’t give up on the book at the beginning or I would have missed the ecstasy I felt at the latter part.
I enjoy movies too; the on-screen chemistry among the cast, how well they bring the story to life and make me feel their passion and pain in my bones, put smiles on my face and tears to my eyes. Movies spare us the trouble of having to imagine how the scene of a story would look like although some movie adaptations do not do justice to the books at all.
I must say, I enjoyed the Harry Potter books more than the movies; the movies were great but they didn’t excite me as much the books did. I’d say same of the Legend of the Seeker series. I enjoyed reading the Sword of Truth books more. I am yet to read the Song of Fire and Ice series to ascertain they would be better than the Game of Thrones TV franchise.
As much as I am crazy about movies and its production, I’d choose a book any day. I get to create how the characters look and carry themselves about. I put my mind to work in imagining how the world looks like according to the words of the book. It’s a delightful experience beyond words; one I wouldn’t trade for any movie, no matter how great it is. Yep, that’s how intense and passionate I am as a bibliophile.
That’s just me; but what about you? Would you skip reading a book to watch a movie because you love visuals more or would you read and create a movie in your mind? Please do tell!
Josephine Amoako © 2016