"In its silence, a book is a challenge: it can’t
lull you with surging music or deafen you with screeching laugh tracks
or fire gunshots in your living room; you have to listen to it in your
head. A book won’t move your eyes for you the way images on a screen do.
It won’t move your mind unless you give it your mind, or your heart
unless you put your heart in it. It won’t do the work for you.
To read a
story well is to follow it, to act it, to feel it, to become
it—everything short of writing it, in fact. Reading is not “interactive”
with a set of rules or options, as games are; reading is actual
collaboration with the writer’s mind. No wonder not everybody is up to