Why you should be both a discerning reader and active viewer:
n Parts 1 & 2 of Movies and TV as Literature, I've talked about the ways stories on the page and screen are the same. Now let's look at some of the ways they are different, and why you should be both a discerning reader and active viewer.
Although I spent many years declaring "Books are better", I've altered my perception simply by learning more about what it takes to take a story from script to screen, and thinking in terms of "story" instead of "book" vs. "movie"--so I'm not going to argue the superiority of one over the other.
I realize movies and television are often perceived as being stories for lazy people. And maybe that's true to some extent; it's hard to be a lazy reader, but easy to be a lazy viewer. However, stories can challenge us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, even if they are viewed instead of read.Read More