Could Books Fill the Void?
Well, the theaters are closed, but the world hasn’t ended. If you don’t already know, most of the premiers are inspired by novels. And guess what? Those novels have already come out a long time ago! And while they may not provide you the same experience as seeing the actual premier, it’s nevertheless a great alternative and the best you could get while waiting.
So, why not explore reading books and see what hits the producers so hard that they end up making a movie about something they read in a book?
Well, it’s certainly a whole different experience having both advantages and disadvantages. But in a situation such as the one ongoing, you don’t really have a choice. So, let’s explore this further, and see why it could be a GREAT idea to shift your focus towards books and start living your life like you used to.
Why you should always consider reading books
There are ample reasons why one could prefer reading books over watching movies. Although the reasons vary from person to person, there are sure some common to every theatre-maniac. Let’s see.
- You can’t take a theater anywhere!
First and foremost, books are the best companion one could have. While you are strictly bound to a certain cinema’s locations if you wanna go watch a premier, you are not bound to any single place if you decide to read a book instead. It can literally be taken anywhere along with you and even if you are on a trip somewhere away from town or even in the mountains, books won’t leave you alone and will be always there for you.
- Books let you set the pace.
When you’re reading a book, there’s no restriction to you about anything. Your mood has changed? You want to take a break? You got something urgent to deal with first? Well, it’s as easy to pause blinking your eye. Just place a bookmark on the page, keep the book aside, and take all the break you want. Unlike premiers, books don’t require you to stick with them once you’ve started reading them. You decide when you have time for them and when you don’t.
- Imagination is everything
Movies have a certain direction and each movie has its limited set of interpretations. There are visual effects, soundtracks, and so on, which are designed just to make you feel or think in a certain way. You can't really see things in an open-ended way, rather you're limited to a few. However, this isn't the case with books. They are entirely dependent upon what you make of them. Each reader interprets the message in their own way and there is NO definite way you see a book. So, there is a huge room left for imagination and honestly, there is nothing better than this. Once you read a book, you'll know what I'm saying. And then finally watching the premier afterward will be a WHOLE new experience, trust me!
Enough talk about the good stuff. When you choose to shift to books from a former theater-guy, there are eventually some things you can’t ignore. While most of them won’t affect you as much since the lockdown situation provides ample time to everyone, but still I thought you should know them just in case. So, let’s see what those are.
- They eat your time
Anything which eats up your time is certainly seen as a not-so-good habit but when it comes to reading, this might actually be a good thing for some people. Spending your time in something productive when you actually can’t even go outside your house is not all that bad. However, the fact remains that books actually take a considerable amount of time, especially when we’re comparing it to theaters. So, if you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of time on his plate, it might not be the best idea.
- Books are not as appealing
The bigger reason why most people prefer movies over the books, they're far less appealing. Movies have VFX, sound effects, top-notch editing, and whatnot which makes them hard to beat. While books, on the other hand, have nothing but text. Readers who don't possess a high level of imagination often find books too boring or lacking fantasy.
Are there any good books for a start?
As I already mentioned, many films planned to be featured in 2021 have been adapted from their respective novels. You can easily find the books online and search for an online store to order them. Still, if you have no start, here I will list down some books which you can read before the premiers are featured.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Last Looks by HOWARD MICHAEL GOULD
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. VANCE
Dune by FRANK HERBERT
News of the world by PAULETTE JILES
Death on the Nile by AGATHA CHRISTIE
A boy called Christmas by MATT HAIG
The tale of Peter Rabbit by BEATRIX POTTER
The Witches by ROALD DAHL
So, make sure you don't waste this time away and start reading these books the first chance you get!