Today’s times are those where a second has to be stretched to its maximum to make the most of it. Just look at our pastimes. They are mostly about luxury than about leisure and learning, if possible. Our previous generation had a different take on leisure, and we have a definition that’s entirely different from theirs.
Similar would be the case if we were to choose between two modes of keeping your mind active, an experience that’s sensory as well, while being an exercise to enhance the creativity of your mind as well.
Let’s compare a book and a film. While both are tactile experiences, they seem to largely depend on the personality of people who prefer booksover a film or vice versa.
What sets both activities apart? There must be die-hard fans of books who wouldn’t want to watch a film (on the book or otherwise) unless it is REALLY good. But, there must be film aficionados who won’t want to read a book because the activity is either strenuous or lazy, and involves a lot of mind space. A quick film would be a better experience for such people who would want imagination served on a platter. Boy, does it get any better than that.
The jury will never be out on this and the verdict will always be hanging without favouring anyone in particular; at the same time, not disappointing either. Whether it is a film or a book is a ‘chicken or egg’ kind of question.
The whole decision depends on how much time you have on hand to invest in each of the activity. Both have their pros and cons that cannot be compared to make a definitive decision. However, if you are a parent – the decision is easy. Books are the best bet for those young minds that are opening up to the world. They see what the older generation cannot even imagine. Hence, it is important to help children ride their individual flights of fantasy over feeding ready-made studio-created animation images that will possibly curtail their potential to create their own images.