I found a few reasons to buy a story twice and I think a few of you might agree with me.
Let’s talk about Fight Club, the book that inspired the Brad Pitt/Edward Norton movie. I read the book years ago after I watched the movie and loved both of them. It’s only now that I’ve decided the book is superior. The first-person present-tense narration is done brilliantly. I originally picked it up again after reading The Hunger Games. I had to see if all stories done in first-person present-tense were as stilted and of narrow a scope as “Games”. So, seeing that I lost my paper copy of Fight Club I downloaded a sample, just to see the narrative. Once again I got hooked and had to buy it.
People, it’s friggin fantastic. 200 pages of bliss. The narrative is just great. My opinion. So there I was reading Fight Club as if I’d never read anything this great in my life when I thought to myself. Damn. I want everyone to read this. I want to lend it to everyone. Lend it. Get it back. Lend it. Get it back. I want to become the Fight Club library. To say it differently, I decided I want it on my shelf. I want everyone who comes over to see what I read and I want to talk about it when they pick it up. With all that being said, yeah, I’m going to buy the paper book too.
I like the electronic copy for all its attributes. You know…changing the size of the font. Hell, changing the font. I do think it’s easier to read in bed and I can email and tweet the passages I underline. Taking my device with me is pretty cool too. It’s better than taking a book with me. I just learned to like all that stuff. And really I don’t care for the touch and feel of a book or the smell or looking at page numbers or any of that stuff. I just don’t care. But after I read the story, if I’m proud to have been part of that experience, man, I want it to be mine. All mine. Not part of “the cloud” to save space. After I really like what I read, I want it to take space. I want it to. If I like it, I don’t want it hidden on a small device somewhere; I want it in plain view, like a trophy. Like, I did that. Look at it. Look at it!
Fight Club the story, is great. Period. You don’t even have to like it. It’s great anyway. You can like the story as a paper book, or download the narrative electronically. To me they’re two different things and great on both levels. Both worth buying.
Hell. I even liked the movie.