This weeks prompt at Velvet Verbosity.com is Whimsy. Here’s my 100 Words:
In spite of everything, whimsy isn’t dead. No I’m not talking about a person with an odd name. I’m talking about imagination.
There have been rumours circulating recently that e-book publishers are going to start adding sound effects to e-books. From what I can see on Google, this is already happening.
In fiction, this seems to go against what a book is. The point of reading is that you have to use your imagination to fill in the missing details. Where is the Fantasy if it’s all provided for us? Where is the imagination?
Tell me, where is the whimsy?
Part of the fun of reading to my kids when they were little, was adding our own sound effects. I agree, I want to imagine my own voices and sounds when reading.
Thanks, I used to read with two of my nephews. They aren’t much into reading but I would add my own sounds and comments. Made it much more fun. xx
I love this opinion piece and have to say, I totally agree. Doesn’t belong in ‘printed’ (whether that’s a paper or e-book) fiction.
Thanks, I don’t mind either audio books or written books because both require you use your imagination but I don’t believe sound effects belong with print.
oooh I agree as well. One of the most satisfying comments from my grandkids (to whom I would read each morning at breakfast) after attending the first Harry Potter movie was Gramma! You got ALL the voices right!
Loved that moment – almost as much as I love them. )
Aww. I loved doing sound effects with my nephews. That’s one of the best parts of reading to someone else.
Part of the beauty of books is using your imagination. It’s one reason I usually have issues with books made into movies. In most cases a picture is not worth 1000 words. In fact, it frequently destroys the words 🙂
Thanks. I like films and books as separate entities, but I agree that books are about imagination and that words are often far more powerful than pictures.
EXACTLY! I’m all for technology, but what is going to happen to our brains if we keep creating things that do all the work for us? I don’t think it’s a good thing.
That’s what I thought. It occurred to me recently that I had a far better attention span when I didn’t google everything.