Krissie Smith is the lead Sales Director at Tutor.com. While the rest of the office may be chatting about Glee or Top Chef, Krissie tends not to participate. Here, she explains why.
I canceled cable about a year and half ago. I hate the “noise” of television, the flashing, the people screaming at each on “news” talk shows, the fake urgency of everything on, the fake laughter etc.
Television is never as good as what I imagine when I read. I have always read a lot. The way stories are described in a book is always so much more vivid to me than any show could portray. I always have a stack of books by my bed; I’m never bored or lonely when I have something good to read.
I love being able to go to the library get another “stack”. How do I pick what goes in the next stack of books? I research award winners to find new authors and when I find someone I like I read everything they have ever written. It’s like watching everything by the same director! If reading comes up in conversation, I always ask the person for their all-time favorite book. I’ve been introduced to lots of authors that way.
I’m often asked if I miss watching TV. I loved the first season of True Blood (actually I love anything about vampires) but that was when I still had cable. Well, by the time Season 2 was out I had canceled my cable and spent ages downloading it from iTunes. Season 3 wasn’t available yet, so I thought “What am I doing?! I’ll just read the books!” (Yes, it was a book before it was a TV show!)
I got several of the books from the Sookie Stackhouse /True Blood series and of course, couldn’t put them down. So I went back to the library and added the rest to my stack. I had to check the publishing dates to make sure I was reading them in order. I absolutely love them. They are so much different from the TV series—they have more characters and go more in depth than the series would have time to explore. I’m not going to succumb to the lure of TV again.
Do you often find that you like the book better than the show? Would you consider giving up TV?
Krissie would love to hear your all-time favorite books. For the record, hers is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.