Everyone should pick up a novel
Students do not like to read books and novels, but they flock to the cinemas to watch movies.
I think there are some ways to motivate students to read.
First, schools could incorporate reading into activities which students are interested in. Students could be asked to stage dramas after reading novels. Writing the scripts would give them more exposure to literature.
Another way is for students to share what they have learned with others. They could discuss the plot of a novel or a film in a group.
Schools could also encourage students to make short videos about books through competitions. Then they would have to read the books before they could shoot the videos.
Chu Wai-kin, King Ling College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Wai-kin. I sense a future career in marketing is in the making. I am constantly surprised that students don't read novels, simply because they are so enjoyable. But given the time constraints on Hong Kong students, I understand why they choose to read only what they have to. Going to a movie takes three hours while reading a whole book can take days.
The simple solution to this is short stories. They could be read on the MTR or on the bus to and from school. Holidays are also a great time to catch up with your favourite reads.