I'm trying to figure out why I should care about literature. I was a heavy reader all while I was growing up, but recently started to get into film and now I have to struggle to convince myself to read a book or two a year.
Is there anything I could read which discusses the differences in the two mediums? I would love to hear some arguments for literature, anything to get me to read more when there are so many great films out there.
I don't have a book for you OP, but i believe there are inherent advantages to both mediums. In literature, there is a much slower burn, and themes are allowed to develop over a much longer time, giving them significance that you cant really get out of a 1.5-3 hour film. I think the amount of time you have pour in to reading a novel like Crime and Punishment or East of Eden also force you to consider them more whereas with film its totally optional. Lastly, for me at least, lit has a bigger impact on our lives than film. But hey that's just me. Best of luck out there anon.
I get this and it's definitely true, but I get hung up on how... boring actual reading is. Even in slow films there's always time to admire the cinematography, but when a book is slow, am I supposed to be admiring the prose?
Prose feels sort of "all or nothing" to me. Either it's good and it's readable or bad and unreadable. Sometimes it's interesting or unique, but it's hard to admire a good paragraph compared to a good shot in a film. Maybe I'm just a pleb.
Close your browser and don't come back till you've digested Cassavetes, Fassbinder and Bergman.
You've made it clear you'll only watch curriculum-tier films so my listed those accordingly.
To read literature you need some patience
I know people who love movies but wants to get into reading but can't because words on a paper just doesn't do the trick of capturing your sense of wonder.
Reading is not just a simple switch of medium if you are not used to it.
Especially in this age you have to build up the patience to sit and stare at paper for a few hours. It sounds easy for for first-timers it might just be the hardest thing they've ever done.
This is true regardless of that films you've seen.
> I was a heavy reader all while I was growing up
probably because you were reading easily digestible genre-trash marketed to children
>I have to struggle to convince myself to read a book or two a year.
Because you're lazy, and spending all you're time on /tv/ has destroyed your attention span.
>'m trying to figure out why I should care about literature.
Because life is an intellectual pissing contest.
>You've made it clear you'll only watch curriculum-tier films so my listed those accordingly.
>so my listed those accordingly
If you had decent writing skills maybe people would actually understand what you are saying.