Originally Posted by derangedhermit
I think people here underestimate the power of the "cosmetic" improvements to movies to attract and grow a consumer base. Natural, since you guys are readers...but still, the opinion remains. People do find powerful sound effects, surround sound, and animation that appears at lest close to "reality" (or not close, e.g. anime) to be reasons to spend their entertainment money.
The question isn't whether technology can improve entertainment
but whether it can improve reading
. Animations, music, sound effects, and other effects (games you can play like the ones the characters are doing? Scratch-n-sniff cards?) can indeed enhance the experience of the story for many people, but that's not the same as improving reading.
Modern makeup, sound and lighting technology and did improve stage plays, but not by turning them into movies.