Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: If you could add one interactive feature to reading books, what would it be?
I’d love it if books could be more sensory somehow. There are picture books (and movies) for the visual senses, and audiobooks sometimes include sound effects. Beyond that we’d have to stray into fantasyland, I expect, but it would be awesome if books could somehow give you (as an option) a tactile sense when they describe, for example, soft silk or rough tree bark. There are plenty of things characters feel I wouldn’t want to feel, so it would need to be optional! Likewise, I’d like to experience some of the smells that are described in a story, but not all of them.
Taste would be the trickiest but maybe the coolest too. I tend to be intrigued by food in books, especially fantasy-sounding food like bubbly pies (from Anne McCaffrey’s Pern) or butter pies (from Diana Wynne Jones’ A Tale of Time City). I’m sure fans have made up recipes online, and I’ve even read a few books that included a recipe or two at the end, but the truth is I’ve never made any of them…so I guess what I really want is a replicator that would just spit out the food described in the book I’m reading!