Here’s how to punish someone that loves to read: Have them sit down on the couch in front of the television and turn on one of the current reality TV shows. Soon enough, they will be tearing their hair out and begging for sweet release within mere moments. Want to turn up the heat?
Avoid the competition shows like “American Idol” or “Survivor,” and choose something that’s even worse, like “The Bachelor” or “Big Brother.” No competition to get excited about, really, just vapid people running around while pretending to be important. Once they have given up, then they may go to their rooms.
At the End of the Day
If you're like millions or billions of other people around the world, you probably spend a few minutes reading at the end of the day. Maybe it's just a few pages, or maybe it's huge chunks at a time. For many of us, it's hard to find the time to settle back with a book.
There is a job – or jobs – that takes up a lot of time. Never mind all the chores, errands, and other things you have to attend to. Maybe you want to spend time with friends or have kids to handle. It can be hard, we know. That's the best part about books – no expiration date.
How to Make Friends
Horror has never been the biggest genre in literature – that crown pretty much always goes to romance – but there are plenty of people that love to get a chill down their spine while they have their eyes glued to the page. The success of writers like Stephen King is a perfect example.
Many classic works of literature, like "Frankenstein" or "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," are examples of horror. Even if you live alone, you, too, can get the sensation of having someone around the corner or breathing down your neck, only this time instead of feeling all on your own you feel scared that you aren't.
Well, as Long as Your Heart Rate Is Up
It's too bad that this person isn't a medical professional or anything like that because then, his opinion would have been great. But, in reality, turning pages takes very little energy, and even the most incompetent and non-effective personal trainer probably won't add any page sets to your workout routine.
You could do what the guy in "Gattaca" does and do sit-ups while holding a bunch of heavy books. That would work. Still, if your heart is racing, that's a little, tiny, infinitesimal bit like exercise, kind of, and almost. Maybe you could find a book with really heavy pages.
Use Your Reading Skills
Sure, movies have a lot of advantages. There's nothing like getting a bunch of friends together to make fun of a Pauly Shore movie. However, the amount of enjoyment you get out of a book is far more, it usually doesn't take as much work to produce one as a movie.
Plus you get to learn fun words like caliginous. We'll wait while you look that one up. Isn't it great? Plus, a book is almost always a better form of a story than a movie since books can have a lot more detail, you can reread things that you might have missed, and you don't need electricity, usually.