Do you have any friends who are dedicated non-readers? I’ve had some over the years, and one of the topics that can roll their eyes the fastest is if I try starting a conversation with “I just finished this book . . . ”
They just don’t get it. The whole imagination, sit in one place, turn the pages thing. Particularly if a story doesn’t get right to action or pique their immediate interest, the non-readers I’ve known are just not willing to invest the time it takes to connect with either the characters or the story itself. Or should I say, their priorities don’t include reading and there are plenty of other demands to fill up a day.
But if a movie can be made of a book, that’s okay to talk about. They can invest two hours in something visually compelling. My non-reader friend will likely refrain from the eye-roll if I want to tell them about a really great movie I enjoyed, because that’s an option for them to check out in the future. But for me to tell them about a book they’ll never read, well forget about it.
That’s what makes the free world a better place, all the choices available to meet our varied tastes and interests. I would no more force a book on a non-reader than I would want to sit through four hours of a sporting event on television. To each, his own.
But on the other hand, isn’t it great when we find “our people”? Those fellow avid readers who understand the quickened pulse, the laughter, the nodding along as we read something we’ve connected with. When we tell another reader we just finished a book—well, that’s just the beginning of a satisfying conversation. Not a single eye-roll in sight.