Everyone remembers their first great book that they ever read, flipping the pages excitedly, imagining the characters inside your head, feeling what they feel, and seeing what they see. Whether it was sci-fi, mystery, romance or comedy, a great book will always remain with you, even if it does change shape, like for instance, becoming an eBook.
You heard right, the new eBooks are flooding the stores and everyone wants one of their own electronic readers. I did some research, and a whopping 1 in 10 of you use eBooks already so you can read your favourite classics at your fingertips, instead of going to the bookshop to buy them. And the numbers are still climbing as eBooks grow more and more popular. I decided to get the inside opinion of the celebrities everyone’s reading about. Literally! We’ve talked to the critics and the authors on the topic, but today I will have an exclusive interview with the characters themselves.
Eragon, dragon rider of 16 voiced his opinion on the rise of eBooks;
“I think this technology is awesome, you don’t have to actually read, all the books you buy come with audio voiceovers” he commented, “I mean, I couldn’t read until a year ago, so having someone read for you is just awesome.” Eragon went on to say that more people should be buying eBooks, for they are a great experience, especially to someone who has just come from the middle ages!
Voldermort, evil villain from the book Harry Potter, shared similar opinions. Beside the point that J.K Rowling (author of Harry Potter) gave him no nose in the series after his re-rising, he seemed quite positive to promote the electronic version of Harry Potter. “Well for a start, eBooks are easier to carry around, for instance, I would rather kill some mudbloods whilst carrying a single EBook than carry the whole seven books of Harry Potter around with me, and you should totally buy the series, because I’m in every book, though ignore the whole ‘I like to kill muggles’ thing, people just can’t seem to ignore that flaw. But anyway, I love reading the Harry Potter eBooks, they’re great! ”
The pros of the eBook were looming over the cons considerably already, and most of the characters were fine being made into electronic copies instead of paper. In my opinion, the eBooks have been an exuberant step-up in technology. Not only are most eBook novels around 30% cheaper than paper back, but there isn’t much an eBook can’t do that a paper back can .Except for being used as a paper aeroplane or to keep you warm by burning them of course. But funnily enough, people don’t quite fancy the idea of burning books that you just paid $20
So later on, I asked other characters about how eBooks would impact their life. Aslan, from the chronicle of Narnia, was rather neutral about the subject, just stating “Roar,” to each and every one of my questions. Mind you, he is a lion after all.
“Yeah, they’re cool I guess,” yawned sleeping beauty slowly when I asked her, “like, encouraging computer geeks to read more is good, you know. I don’t read though, because I’m kind of sleeping…” Unfortunately our interview had to be cut short, due to the fact that Sleeping Beauty fell asleep in the middle of our interview.
But Edward Cullen, from the Twilight saga, felt the complete opposite. “It’s just not right!” He said, “Books aren’t computers! They’re not meant to be read like this! What about the smell of a new book? Or the feel of the pages when you flip the book…gah!” Edward broke down into sobs, leaving Vampire Lestat with the last comment of the interview.
“Honestly,” said Lestat, “how did that sorry excuse for a vampire [Edward] get in here anyways? I doubt he even drinks blood!” I too, rolled my eyes at Edward’s outburst. You wouldn’t think that anyone would feel so strongly about an eBook, but I suppose that is a sparkling fairy princess for you. “I mean, he got it easy,” Lestat continued, “he got the emo chick while I got poisoned by an 8 year old vampire!”
Meanwhile, Voldemort and Eragon got into an argument whether you needed a wand to perform magic, and Voldemort was on the upper-hand by using the Cruciatus curse on Eragon. It ended by Edward yelling at them to keep it down, and then he pranced out of the room crying.
So in all, most of the fantasy characters felt quite positive towards the electronic readers, but I never got an answer out of Lestat. Unfortunately, he had to be escorted out by security after trying to suck my blood. So Lestat’s thoughts are for him to know and us to find out…even if I have a restraining order against him. Would you, the readers, agree with the characters that people should buy them? Or do you think that we should stick with paperback, and forget about the technological side of things?
Read next week’s edition of, Readers Weekly to find out how Darth Vader felt to be rejected by his own son to rule the world with him!