Some people love to be scared – others not so much. When it comes to reading do you think books can be scary? Are you less scared because there are no pictures?
Horror is a genre I particularly avoid because I’ve never seen the point in scaring myself. And as much as this applies for movies, I would say it applies exponentially more for books. The lack of pictures doesn’t matter and personally, I think it makes horror novels that much scarier – especially if you have a vivid imagination like I do.
Do you feel other mediums such as film are more effective for horror?
I can’t really comment on which medium would be more effective, since I can’t remember the last time I ventured into the genre at all, but if I had to pick one, I would go with a movie. There are jump scares to relieve the tension building up throughout, whereas in a book, that unnerving feeling doesn’t go away. Also, as far as characters go, it’s easier to relate to them in movies over books, where for some reason, I tend to find them largely unlikeable.
Have you ever been kept up at night by a book?
I used to read at night all the time, but I’ve stopped in recent years since I figured out that a novel doesn’t even need to be scary to have an effect on my sleep cycle. Reading books of literally any genre before bed, the sole exception being perhaps comedy, result in some rather nonsensical dreams and a very restless night for me.
Do you think books can be scary? Share your thoughts in the comments below!