Will cinema ever replace the written word?

While movies and television shows are more popular than ever, some may wonder whether cinematic storytelling will ever fully replace the written word. Motion pictures and prime-time sitcoms certainly have their benefits. For example, a trip to the movies could be a great idea for a relaxed outing with family or friends. Television is often used as a conversational piece, or just a way to unwind from a hard day at work. In fact, it seems that visual storytelling has become deeply ingrained in our society. However, I seriously doubt that it will ever fully replace the need for literature.

Times are changing, it’s true, but so is the way that authors write and the way consumers read. Traditional hard-cover and paperback novels remain strong on bookstore shelves. But for many, literature has increasingly evolved with the times. Readers are not merely limited to physical books, anymore. If you browse any of the major online book retailers, you will also find audiobooks, ebooks (eg. Kindle, Nook, and ipad). Those on the go often turn to tablets or their smartphones for catching up on a bit of reading during the morning commute to work.

As technology continues to evolve, so will the way authors present their stories to the world. So to answer the question of whether cinema will fully replace the written word, my answer is a resounding No! While Movies and television may provide an alternative to traditional storytelling, it will never fully take the place of the readers’ freedom of imagination that comes about when they dive headfirst into a good book.