Originally Posted by Katsunami
With regard to movies vs. reading: why can so many not watch a 2 hour movie (or longer) without starting too fidget around? Or, are these people the same as the ones who don't have patience for books?
It's pacing and control.
Books you read at your own pace. You can take a bathroom break, raid the fridge, check on the oh-too-quiet kids, and then return right where you were.
The theater experience? You're not in control: the thing streams by whether you're paying attention or not and you paid good money so you'd better be paying attention.
Very different experiences.
If anything, one could argue movie viewing is moving closer to book reading with the increasing popularity of home movie viewing. At home you don't have to deal with the bored kids chattering behind you (or you *can* deal, if they do it) plus you have control: as in pause, rewind, fast-forward.