Let me warn you up front. Judging strickly by clues I'm taking by the way you wrote your question, I don't think you're gonna' like this answer. But hey, you asked: No. 1) I know that some people will never enjoy reading and thats fine. Doesn't make them silly or stupid or anything. But so many who get so much from reading and are able to give so much because they have been inspired through reading, would never know its value if it had not been "forced" on them as part of their early education. If they don't at least try to get kids to read in school, many of them would never bother simply because its so much easier - in a number of ways - to watch a movie. You mention "more and more" people watching movies instead of reading. Thats why. Its easier. And we're getting lazier and lazier, too. 2) Reading gets the reader INVOLVED in the subject by first making him use his imagination and then keeping him "on" a subject for more than a trifling 2 hours. With a book, you keep putting it down and picking it up again. Theres some time for your brain to digest what you've read and to churn up some original ideas. There are rare exceptions where a movie might really hit a nerve and get you thinking and doing, but generally when its over, its over. 2 hours of your life gone and what will it mean to you in 2 days? No, watching a movie will VERY rarely stimulate your mind like reading a book can. And its probably even more rare that a movie will make you examine your life and your world. 3) I read a lot of historical fiction that is purely entertainment, but it usually leads me to want to know more about the non-fiction sources that the author is drawing on. Occassionally a movie will do that, too, but in doing it it leads me right back to books. 4) Generally speaking, I think you'll find that people who don't read also don't write. The ideas that have shaped our world have not been -and never will be- communicated in 2 hour cinemas. The world needs readers because the world needs writers. 5) Finally, I don't mean that movies don't have their place, but with rare exceptions, I think that place is entertainment and not education.
Personal opinion. Incidentally, if this was a homework question, you're pretty much doomed to mediocrity. Hope not.
· 1 decade ago