Nakamura is wondering what his book rival is every day. Speaking of rivals, I think there are various kinds of TV, games, and SNS. It may be called entertainment in general.
Until a while ago, television was considered the book's greatest enemy. I stopped reading books because of TV. And the next big enemy to emerge is the video game.
And, SNS and YouTube may have come out recently. In this way, not only the number of rivals in the book has decreased, but the ones that have been upgraded to upward compatibility are appearing one after another.
Of course, even for books, new platforms such as e-books and services such as flat-rate reading are available, but I hardly hear that the reading population has dramatically increased.
Furthermore, until now, TVs, games, etc. used dedicated devices (home appliances). Therefore, with the advent of smartphones, the former enemies are gradually being driven to decline.
A smartphone is a versatile device. The book's enemies (including the book) mentioned above all became feasible in that little box.
In the future, sometime more TVs and TVs with higher compatibility (VR etc.) will come, but the superiority of smartphones that can easily enjoy such entertainment will continue for the time being.
Perhaps the day will come when the functions will be further improved and it will be closer to the personal computer, and even the personal computer will finish its role.
Returning to books, paper books will definitely remain.
However, for the entire culture of books, it is inevitable to compete for share as one application (Kindle etc.) on the battlefield called smartphone.
What do people do with the smartphone in the first place and spend the most time? I wonder how much e-books can be read, and on the contrary, whether to put a smartphone and pick up a paper book. No matter how you think about it, there is no doubt that the content will be considerably worse.
For a person who writes a novel, of course, writing a good work (content) is a prerequisite, but I think that the time has come when everyone must think about how to get a work.
Not just writing, but how can youthful people who have a versatile machine, a smartphone, read it? It will be a very important time. No matter how much you write something interesting, I think it's quite difficult to turn around the people who are fascinated by Instagram and TickTok with your smartphone.
Even that Natsuki Momota, who wrote the bestselling pirate guy, went to bookstores nationwide to sell books.
Actually, doing on the platform called note is one of the attempts to get the work read.
Although I am posting poor haiku, poetry, and manga, I started with the intention of getting the humanity of the author known before the work.
It's only until you ask what you can understand with one bad haiku, but if you express yourself in as many different formats as possible, you will understand something vaguely. If you are lucky, you may be interested. And finally, I wonder if I should read this person's book.
Of course, the ideal would be a one-on-one match, just like Haruki Murakami. And I publish essays once in a while. I yearn for this kind of life.
However, unfortunately, I don't have the competence and fame that much now.
If that is the case, I have no choice but to get angry and fight like a guerrilla soldier. Of course, it is not a guarantee if you can win with it.
Kanako Okamoto (Taro Okamoto's mother) used to say that the act of writing a novel is lying on the street in a naked fashion, but it is not limited to the novel, but it tends to be hidden behind the work. I think that's the attitude that can be said from now on in general entertainment as well.
However, of course it is not possible to talk if the essential work is not properly done, and it will be overwhelming to spend time on that attempt. ‥
Time to make a work in the future. I think that a person who can successfully allocate the time used for reading will be a successful person (although not necessarily selling) in the future world of literature (world of expression).
It was Nakamura who hoped that the novel survived as one of entertainment, even if it was not a revival of literature.