While perusing a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, I ran across an interesting article by Stephen King about the best books of 2008. In it, he touted books as being an entertainment bargain, saying:
In 2007, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners, the average price of a movie ticket was $6.88. Let’s say it [went] up to $7.00 in 2008. And say that you and your sweetie buy $10 of snacks… Even leaving out the babysitter and the cost of gas, that’s $24 for two hours’ worth of entertainment. For that same $24 — less, with a discount — you can buy a new book and be entertained for days. Plus, your sweetie can read it when you’re done.
Whenever we take the kids to a movie, the same sorts of things go through my head. After all, even for a matinee, we’re looking at $36 for the tickets alone. Don’t get me wrong… I quite enjoy an occasional trip to to the theater, but it’s not exactly a cheap diversion.
As for the books, they’re an even better deal if you pick up a paperback, buy a used copy, or (gasp!) go to the library. Of course, there are cheaper ways to see movies, as well, but I think that the larger point still stands.