Let's Bring Back Wishbone For The Love of God
Often, getting someone to read anything is at a level of difficulty comparable to bringing The One True Ring back to the fires of Mordor from whence it came (yeah, I'm still reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy and that shit is fucking lit, bruh). While many of us may look at a novel and see an exciting journey ahead, there is still a shocking amount of people who view reading as an arduous task, devoid of any sort of fun. The sad thing is, that in spite of the best efforts of advertising campaigns promoting the importance of reading which date back to the 80's and 90's, the general lack of interest in reading has not faltered, and many adults have not picked up a book since being forced to in high school or college.
The problem is just as bad for children, as most of today's youth is resistant to doing anything aside from playing video games for hours and trolling people on message boards. One of the things that made me come around to reading for fun was the 90's PBS series Wishbone.
Wishbone was a cute Jack Russell Terrier which was capable of deep, reflective thought. Though his owners didn't realize that their pet was anything aside from a normal dog (he didn't speak, but the audience was privy to his thoughts), he was actual quite the literary connoisseur. Wishbone took daily occurrences on the show and likened them to famous novels, imagining himself in the central role of these books and playing things out on screen.
Going back and reading that last paragraph, the show sounds very fucking weird, but trust me, it's pure gold. As a soft, chubby youth, I had very little interest in reading, but watching Wishbone (which only ran from 1995 to 1998) largely provided the spark I needed to start looking at books as means of excitement rather than objects of boredom. Check out the video below, which is an hour long feature with Wishbone's take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Watching it, I got a very real sense of nostalgia from my childhood and I have even decided to pick up the Washington Irving classic for the first time (when I have finished following the adventures of Frodo and The Fellowship, of course). If an hour is too long, go hit YouTube and you are sure to find half-hour episodes and tons of clips. Trust me, you will be pleased, and if you have kids, they may just take a sudden interest in reading.