When it comes to books, you can throw all that out. I want to read something real. I don't mean it has to be true...I love fiction...but I want to read about raw emotion, human desires, and real thoughts (not the edited, politically correct communication we share with the world.) I want to read about the small, subtle moments that become a significant memory. I want to read about events that shape our perception of the world...and the questions that keep us up at night. I want to read about how we became the person we are...and how we choose. Uncertainty is okay...because it's real. The ending doesn't have to be so neatly tied up, because life rarely unfolds the way we imagined. (Sometimes it's better!)
Life is hard. (Even for people who look like they have it made.) There is no instruction manual and no crystal ball. The number of choices with "clear, right" answers are far fewer than those with "not so clear, just trying to make the best decision I can and hope it works out." You never really know all the consequences of a specific decision...there are a million unintended consequences that you couldn't predict...you will only learn of them after the fact...and then it's too late. But in the midst of all this, there are beautiful, perfect stories. Those are the ones I want to see on the big screen. I still want to know about the rest, I just don't want them accompanied with someone else's visual. I would rather read them.
Is there a difference in your movie and book preferences? What moves you? What kind of stories do you get lost in? What makes you ponder the world? For me, it's all about human behavior.
"Why do you think you think?" -Ayn Rand