The past couple days have been pretty busy. I attended my first book club meeting as a guest author. It was so much fun, and all of the ladies just had the sweetest things to say about Cemetery Tours. It was so encouraging and just a wonderful night.
In preparation for the book club, I took a trip to Barnes and Noble for a gift card for the hostess. While I was there, of course, I did a little shopping around. It’s impossible to walk into Barnes and Noble and NOT shop, you know?
As I looked around, I found myself thinking of a Facebook post I’d seen recently about how today’s young people read less than any generation before. Now, I’m not sure if that’s true or not. I’m no statistician. However, as I passed the John Green section, I thought about The Fault in Our Stars, and how it’s been celebrating a nice spot on top of the box office charts. Apparently, people are shocked that it’s doing so well, but to be honest, I’m surprised that people are surprised. With the book’s enormous and devoted fan base, how could it not do well?
Then I started thinking about other major blockbuster events and award nominated movies, Divergent, Catching Fire, 12 Years a Slave, Philomena, The Hobbit, etc… and I realized they all had one thing in common. They are all adaptations of books. Even television series, The Vampire Diaries, Sherlock, True Blood, GAME OF THRONES, all are based off of BOOKS.
Whether statisticians like to acknowledge it or not, books and authors play a HUGE role in our world today, or at least in the entertainment industry. And you know, it doesn’t stop there. We have The Giver, The Maze Runner, Ender’s Game, The Lord of the Rings, Twilight, The Princess Diaries, The Book Thief, The Walking Dead (graphic novel, but still), even Disney based fairy tales go back to books and works of authors like Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm.
And of course, we can’t forget the Wizard himself, Harry Potter.
So many of our cultural phenomena go back to books. Not all, of course, but enough to think that no, books and reading are not on the way out. There’s never been a greater time to be a reader or a writer. John Green, a nerdy guy who started a vlog series with his brother, is quite frankly, a rock star now. Books and reading are an important part of our lives and our society. They expand and enrich our worlds, our minds, our perspectives.
Are people reading less today than ever before? I don’t know. I don’t know how those things are figured. But I do know that, while I was working up at my camp, two girls overheard me talking about books and they immediately ran over to ask what I was reading, and if I’d read this or that. They were so excited, not to talk about the latest pop star or hottest television show, but to talk about books. If that isn’t encouraging, I don’t know what is.
Speaking of having read this or that, Cemetery Tours is standing strong at 43 reviews, but I still need 7 more by July 1 to reach my goal of 50!
I hope you all have a great Thursday! It’s almost Friday the 13th, plus a full Honey Moon! I’ll be sure to celebrate with my black cat.