#52 In love with books – Monica Rorvik

April 13, 2011 in Sonder kategorie

What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen?

I fell in love with books through the magic they wove. Books magic awakened my imagination and began a lifelong love affair with reading. I could read as soon as I could see that these marks meant something. OK, even before I knew how to read, I remember telling myself the story from the pictures. My siblings would read out loud to us and thus we all learned to read before attending school. Do children get read to out loud anymore? Even though we are often alone, with a book one had many good friends. This was and still is important. I most enjoy reading for access to comrades who have wrestled with both political and personal demons and won, showing that everyone can make a difference.

Reading still gives me immense pleasure through the beauty of language, image and story, so the love affair hasn’t ended. It has extended into my work with the moving image – another form of text. A good film has to “read” well, surprise, entertain and carry enough aesthetic beauty to generate an engagement with the characters, the issues and the story.
What’s your favourite line from a book, play or poem?

I work with documentary selection for the Durban International Film Festival and was asked to mention reading and film – yes, one can read the image and story, but as a selector I also love reading loglines. A good one will make me want to watch the film. The Dawn of a New Day (www.thedawnofanewday.co.za) logline: “Recovery is not skin deep.” Doesn’t this generate intrigue and make you want to watch the film? It will premiere in South Africa at the 32nd DIFF in July (http://www.cca.ukzn.ac.za/Durban_International_Film_Festival.htm).

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