I've seen almost no movies since I became an adult. I am " highly sensitive person" and the images and sounds in movies add more stress than I can handle if there is any suspense or violence. I sat out half of the "Fall of the House of Usher" in the lobby while my boyfriend watched the rest alone.

I had nightmares well into my young adulthood from movies (second features usually) my parents took me to when I was a child. Now, seventy years later, I can still see those scenes in my head.

When I read a book, I can process suspense and even gore and battlefield scenes more slowly and without the sound effects. I was able to read Andersonville, though I didn't feel like eating much for at least two weeks afterwards. I could not have made it through a film version.

For this reason I prefer reading to movies. I also like being able to put a book down and wait if my emotions need a break. I choose authors who won't scare me to death. I choose authors who create characters who both entertain me and make me think. I could easily live in a world with no movies. I'd be miserable in a world without books.

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 54 years. Central Coast of California. https://barbrad.com

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