We Are A Culture of Readers
Every day we are exposed to inordinate amounts of information. Whether we like it or not, we are a nation of readers. While most of our reading may not be for relaxation and enjoyment, all the text we are exposed to on a daily basis amounts to about 100,000 words. This number includes articles, emails, books, text on television shows, and messages received on your phone.
Despite the large consumption of the written word in all its forms, there is nothing quite like curling up with a book at the end of the day. The best authors, like the recently deceased Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, can paint a picture so well that it can seem like you are truly being transported to another place in time and space.
Answering Two Age-Old Questions
Many filmmakers have tried to capture the magic of a well-written story, but very few are able to deliver the same experience. When 1World asked its community if books or movie versions of stories were better, 75% thought books were superior. (Statistics) Think about that the next time you sit down to watch the next episode of Game of Thrones.
Another major literary argument is whether people prefer fiction or non-fiction writing. 1World asked its community whether they would prefer to write fiction or nonfiction and even though about two out of three sided with fiction, our experts brought up some great points on either side of the debate. (Statistics)
David Brunicardi, author of Outside Lands, thinks, “There is something alluring about bringing a fantasy world to life and sharing it with the world, being able to take a reader to imagined places and introducing him/her to your characters.”
Conversely, Brad Parr notes that in nonfiction, “The stories of people or places that are true allow the readers to go back in time and learn from greatness or failure.”
Whatever your personal reading preferences are, reading is a very rewarding activity. As George R.R. Martin once wrote, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”
Are you a bookworm? How do you feel about these issues?