America’s Great Neglected Entertainment
Do you enjoy movies? Who doesn't, right? I mean, movies are big, bright, and fast moving and it is very easy for us, as humans, to experience them.
Movies also give our culture a mass shared experience with everyone else in the world who enjoyed the same movie. That is, if you bump into an old school mate on an outing that you have not spoken to in years, relating to each other over a popular movie is a way to communicate on common ground.
So, what if there were movies, Oscar winning movies, that you have never seen, but you are aware of their major success. These movies do not look old or grainy, but are fresh and surprisingly modern. The plots are captivating and the characters are beautifully rendered and perfectly acted.
Not only this, but these incredible movies can be enjoyed at our own speed and in the comfortable location of our choice.
And here is the best part (and it is the deal breaker): these movies are as deep as we want them to be. The stories themselves become a part of us and we grow as a result. That's right, these movies are not only the most entertaining, best acted movies, but there is also more content than we could ever hope for.
If I haven't made myself painfully obvious at this point, I will pause to say that these magical movies are called books, and I sound like an old man in a bad kid's movie. But it is important that, while it may be obvious, we remind ourselves of the literally endless body of riveting stories, waiting to engage us, since there is no person who could read all that should be read in their lifetime.
So what is the point? My goal in this article is to offer an alternative method of viewing literature than the one I was exposed to in the public school system. I was taught that, by the structuring of the classes and curriculum requirements, literature was a painful, line-by-line analysis, as a result of which comprehension of the most basic story elements, such as plot, denied us the opportunity of getting excited about literature. Unfortunately, this leads many people to become disinterested in literature because of their fear that they won't understand the piece or will find it too difficult to read.
Literature is not homework. Literature books are foremost entertaining, then as a sweet gift, they offer depth and self enlightenment to boot. If you are already a reader and lover of literature, then I wish you slower clocks, for those not yet convinced, I am intensely excited for you.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you've been inspired to read.