As I scroll through my streaming channels, looking for a TV series I haven’t watched twice already, I realize a great truth.
Books are better.
Books are better because on my Kindle, there is an endless supply of new stories. This is helpful when you finish a book at 3:00 am.
Books are better because I can skip over the boring parts. Or linger over the marvelously crafted ones.
Books are better because if I don’t like where the author is taking me, I can close the book.
Books are better because the way the characters look in my head is way more accurate than the actors chosen for the TV show.
Books are better because sometimes you can actually meet the author at a book signing.
Books are better because you get to know the characters in greater depth, including things they are too polite to say out loud.
Books are better because even if you are sitting in a hospital waiting room, you can escape to the Shire and have cake at Bilbo’s birthday party.
Books are more reliable to convey the author’s message. Even though there have been some great adaptations of books into TV shows and movies, most readers agree something is lost along the way.
And one last reason—reading great books inspires me to write my own.
That’s why if I’m not writing at my laptop, you’ll find me reading a book.