The New Times (Kigali)

16 January 2013

Rwanda: Who Are You? a Book Worm or a Movie Freak!

Once in a while, we all need a time off, from tight work/ school schedules ---how we spend the spare time is crucial.

The two common way of spending leisure time include reading a book or watching a movie. At times it has become a subject to debate, Movie freaks say watching a movie is more enjoyable than reading a novel and verse versa.

Book worm argue that movies only give a hint, by revealing little they leave the audience hungry for detail, for example no account is given about what may be going on in the character's mind in a scene , so this gives the audience chance to guess, judging by their facial expression or body language. So somehow this encourages involvement and creativity from the audience, unlike books that will serve everything on a silver platter through descriptions and insights.

Movies freaks support their hobby by saying that a movie gives a real life picture of the scene: skin color, physical expression like movement of lips, eyes, limbs, so on and so forth. So the audience finds a natural connection, unlike books that give vague and lifeless descriptions of places or the character's actions.

Its said that books take longer to be produced , most of the information carried is outdated and so has little relevancy to the youth of the day, for example, John Grisham's legal thrillers are a popular delicacy among today's youth, yet most of them were authored in the 80's and 90's. This is where movies come in to fill the gap.

Some youth say that books are for the old folks or those who are not trendy, those who still spare room for boredom in their minds.

Passionate readers argue that movies are for simpletons and the lazy, those who think reading brings a "headache" to one, unlike books that require personal analysis, interpretation and conclusion hence contributing to intellectual development.

Most movies being a brain child of books, lack originality, the more annoying bit though, is that they skip some scenes, giving a different or incomplete picture to the audience. And that perhaps explains why most people who have read a given novel, get disappointed when they watch its movie version.

Anyway, both aforementioned past time forms have their cons and pros, so it's up to the reader to decide what's better for them.

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