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  • Some people prefer to read the story, get the description by the author and use their own imagination on what everything looks like. Besides, it helps them learn different words (used in context - expanding their vocabulary), different ways of looking at things (using their OWN imagination to envision what the author was describing, rather than someone else's, as in a movie), and learn how to DESCRIBE things better, themselves. Next movie you see based on a book, get the book and see all that was missing from it in the movie. It MAY give you a greater appreciation for the written word. ;-)
  • I like books because the images in my head are always better than a movie and the stories and internal dialogue cannot be conveyed as well or descriptively in movies as they are in books. I think you can come to know characters more intimately and they can be fleshed out better than in film. Not to mention with the cost to make a movie and reluctance of the film companies to put out anything that hasn't already been done a million times the only place to find truly original, truly brilliant imaginatives entertainment is in books...plus you don't have to wait in a line and have people talk and kick your seat.
  • G'day Sabre01, Thank you for your question. Firstly, novels allow you to go to a different world and use your imagination. There are also non-fiction books which provide reference and information. Regards
  • A 'cheap movie'??? Where are you getting books? The average paperback runs $6.99. The average hardcover runs $25.99. How is that cheap? I enjoy books. They are richer; there is more depth to them; and they don't depend on high-paid actors, mood-music, and pricey special effects to involve the person. They rely on imagination.
  • I find it baffling when I meet someone who doesn't like a good book. Myself, I devour books. I will actually delay starting homework sometimes if I'm in the middle of a really good chapter. I've had nights where I got only a couple hours of sleep, not due to video games or partying, but because I couldn't put a book down. A well-crafted story, with suspense, drama, action, all the elements that make up a good story, but without the possibility of a bad casting choice for characters, or bad lighting or location for places. So much better than film.
  • To me A book when I was a young child was a way to escape the real world, because here I didn't like who I was so when I read I could be anybody I wanted to be, I traveled from one end of the USA to the other, I saw the world. If only for a few hrs a days any how, and it was enough to get me by. As I grew older it was a way to relax and put my worries behind me, again I traveled, but my taste in books changed and I read more things like FBI & CIA stuff like CSI on TV, crimes committed and those who solve them. Its a way to de-stress and not think of my problems if only for a few hrs, some times its enough
  • There are many types of books, many types of people, and many types of reasons why people like books. I personally like to read biographies of great men and "how to" books. If I admire someone and would like to develop some of his qualities, I'll read his biography. If I want to learn how to overcome my shyness, I'll read something about that.
  • They are ok, but they all move way too slow for me.
  • I have read many books and alot of them have been made into a film. Out of all of them there are only the two films that are better than the book, Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption, both by Stephen King.
  • in answer to your query the reading of books that are written well are the greatest source of information, for books fiction of non fiction are only limited by ones ability or to read or imagine. For books have the ability of transcending one to any stage that the book can relate to readers at a personal level, or scientific level. Books have been and are a record of literature, science, of mans trials, tribulations of the ancient and modern man,books have been a source of information and a source of propaganda the tool that was an instrument to sway the masses for political gains, i.e. Mein Kampf, Silence of the lambs by reading such material the readers minds open to the possibilities of who what where, and keeps the mind active focussed and not overwhelmed by the auditory and visual effects of Tv or big screen Pictures.
  • I read books because they take me a gazillion miles away into another world. It's like a movie playing in my head.
  • I read for entertainment and for information. I enjoy movies, but books cost less, are easier to use, more readily available, and a snap to pause as long as you like, and require no expensive, bulky equipment to use. And the scenery and special effects may be spectacular, but are limited by the cost and the technology. Books, powered by the imagination, have no such limitations.
  • I read because I enjoy it. For me, It is like having my own little movie in my head when I read. :o) I visualize it all as I am reading it. I also read for information.
  • I've no idea why people read books, when there are such challenging and informed questions such as yours that they could be spending time pondering on the internet.
  • Depends on what type of book. Some for pure entertainment, others for education, sometimes they're good when you're travelling. Last longer than a film too. For me, its sort of relaxing to be able to read at my own leisure.
  • Many reasons! More variety, for one. And, I don't have to be subjected to a director's view of the story. And, I'm not limited to 90 - 120 minutes of entertainment with a book. And, you get better character development with a book than you can in a movie (more time limit and director's viewpoint stuff) And, I don't have to threaten to stomp on 30 teenagers' cell phones to keep them from distracting me during the climax of the book.
  • Movies are very visual, but that is all they are. In a book, you can explore inside the protagonists head. You can weigh his motives and drives. You can understand his feelings from his point of view. You can know more detail and depth about the characters. My feeling is that a movie is a cheapened book.
  • "Those who don't read have no advantage over those that can't" - George W. Bush
  • It depends on the book. If its a non-fiction book then most likely it's being read for knowledge. for fiction books there is many possible reasons mainly for fun, or for some reading a fiction novel is a way to escape their everyday lives.
  • People learn a lot by reading books, eg facts(non-fiction), interesting stories (fiction), writing skills, technical skills, science, etc. depending on the types of books they read. +3
  • Because we like to learn stuff. Because we can. As Bill Hicks once said, "What for ya readin'?"
  • i'm not sure about all people, but when i read a book , i can see a story in my head, it's like i am directing a movie and putting in the actors i want. it is very vivid and quite enjoyable for me
  • long ago, before there was television, books were television.
  • For information, entertainment, or escape.
  • It's a way to escape from your normal life and get caught up in a story that differs from your normal life. I just enjoy a good story about peoples lives, a book that I can learn from.
  • Pointless of them to keep printing them if they are not read.
  • Because books are beautiful.
  • Because books tell the stories better than tv and you can pause anywhere you like for s long as you like without missing anything.
  • Entertainment or to learn something new.
  • When I was age 4, Mom took me to the public library and I got a library card. I figured that when I learned to read really well, everything I ever wanted to know could be found in books. Now there's books on audio, computer, etc., but the concept is the same.
  • 1.Because I enjoy them 2. To learn
  • to escape.
  • To keep my brain soft.
  • because eating them just doesn't make sense.

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