Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Let me just rant for a second

Excuse my mini rant this morning, but I've really got to get something off my chest.

Do people even read anymore? 

The other day I went into the library to pick up a new book and was surprised that I had to wait in line. Usually when I go in the only other patrons are people sitting on the computers. I was just too happy to see that there were people in line to actually check something out. Well my delight quickly turned to frustration when I realized that not a single person in line was holding a book, but instead DVDs. This is why the American education system is declining. This is why students can't read on grade level; it's not that difficult to read the 'start movie" button on the play screen.

Now I'm not above borrowing a DVD from the library every now and then, because with the complete decline of Blockbuster where else are you going to find an older movie not available from Redbox. Sure it was possible all these people were doing the same thing; maybe they had books at home they were reading too. But really, that's not very likely.

Back in high school I would always get to angry when people would just watch the movie instead of reading the book. Sure some film adaptations are really good and stick to the original story, but these should be used to enhance your reading experience, not replace it. Growing up my mom always had a rule: if a movie was based on a book you had to read the book before going to see the movie. I still remember one Friday night in middle school having to turn down a last minute invite to go see Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (yes, the Lindsay Lohan movie) because I hadn't finished reading the book yet. This rule has stuck with me, and I doubt I'll ever completely shake it; I'll probably make my future children abide by it too.

I love, love, love to read. Seriously it's one of my favorite activities (un-athletic probs). I don't understand why more people don't do it. So do me, and yourself, a favor and next time you have free time instead of turning to NetFlix pick up a book and read.

Okay, end rant.

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