Queen Elizabeth, as forward thinking as she may be [which she’s actually not] hates most technology. At her age, it’s not very surprising. But you know what she hates the most? E-Books and computer games.
The Queen and Chocolat author Joanne Harris discussed literature today while Harris was being awarded the MBE, and Harris revealed details about her conversation with the Queen.
She explained, “She asked me what I thought about e-books and computer games and said that she feared that children were playing with those more than they were reading books. So I told her that we start them on e-books and computer games and TV and then try to get them on to books later. Books may change shape but people will always need stories, and the shape of those stories may alter. I think hard copy books are here to stay for a long time. The fact they’re branching out into other areas doesn’t feel threatening at all.”
Well, Harris makes a very good point – BUT there’s a comfort and beauty in reading the written page that’s missing with E-books. There’s also the fact that constantly staring at a screen, whether it be for a video game or E-book, is worse for your eyes than reading books. The way our technology is progressing, in another ten years, we’ll probably be able to download these games and books into our head and then play it from there.
What do you guys think of the Queen’s dislike of E-books and computer games? Do you agree with her? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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