Watching Movies on Netflix Vs Reading Books

Essay by Luke Foster

“It’s all a question of imagination. Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine.” Haruki Murakami / Kafka on the Shore

Over the past four months I have been watching Netflix movies almost every night and sometimes even two movies. However, I have also been doing late internet shopping for books. However, the only book I have read in this period is The Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami about how he constructs novels. I couldn’t put it down and read it in two days.

The books I have in a pile near my tv yet to be read or reread are Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Patrick Whites Voss, Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, Faith, Hope and Carnage, Nick Cave and Sean O’Hagan and several coffee table art books including one by Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy and a Yoshitomo Nara one.

I find my mind is too scattered to rest well and read books even after my Zen two-hour beach walks every morning. In my storage space I have hundreds of books and at least forty that I haven’t read yet, so I look forward to the day I have my own two-bedroom apartment to get all my books out of storage and read them all.

However, I find of an evening and afternoon if I am not drawing or writing then I love watching mainly dystopian science fiction movies on Net Flix or reruns of The Big Bang Theory TV show.

“Raj: I don’t like bugs, okay. They freak me out.
Sheldon: Interesting. You’re afraid of insects and women. Ladybugs must render you catatonic.”

The character Sheldon’s quote from the Big Bang Theory

I am kind of a nerd so I can relate the characters in the Big Bang Theory.

One of my favourite Sci-Fi movies is Bladerunner by Ridley Scott and the sequel to it.

“In science fiction, we’re always searching for new frontiers. We’re drawn to the unknown.” Ridley Scott

I think I am drawn to dystopian Sci Fi movies as they are imaginations of what may happen to the planet if we don’t begin to look after it and save the environment and reverse global warming.

Harrison Ford in Bladerunner directed by Ridley Scott