Where are all the readers? Not the electronic devices many are carrying around, but the flesh and blood, alive and breathing human types.
There is a noticeable change in the visible reading population. In years past, people were reading on park benches, at ball games, on their porches and at lunch. Where did they go?
Are we becoming a nation of non-readers?
Today, more and more parents and children seem to choose movies and computers over books. Television programming is “on demand.” Is that why no one is visibly reading?
Here’s a thought – if you thoroughly liked the movie, how about researching it to see if it was based upon a book? Then, READ THE BOOK! It is often a pleasant surprise and will provide so many more details than the movie included in the one hundred twenty minutes you stared at the screen. Do you like the “Bones” television series? Read Kathy Reich’s books. How about The Jesse Stone television movies? Read Robert B. Parker. Diary of a Whimpy Kid? Harry Potter? Water for Elephants? Because of Winn-Dixie? Bridges of Madison County? Lonesome Dove? Marley and Me? Well, you get the idea. I’ll admit I live in a household consisting of one reader and one non-reader. When a movie or television show comes on, I can often add the fact that I read the book. Yes, I treat it like an in-your-face flag of honor.
Perhaps I am wrong. Maybe people are reading. Children may be buying books via Scholastic orders and adults might be buying from online book dot-coms or the local groceries and big box stores for their media devices and tangible, in-the-hand reading. I have to admit, I also own a Kindle. It is currently loaded with over thirty – five books, six purchased, and the others shared either by friends or freebies. It is great to have for traveling and much more comfortable to carry through airports. But I also always have a few “real” books I have checked out from the library.
Reading is essential to our future. The people responsible for designing the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam, and the Empire State building didn’t learn their trade by watching the movie. If they had, it was seriously abridged. Now there’s a frightening thought.