Yep, I was a Potterhead (the significance of this name wouldn't occur to me until much later in life), but that wasn't all. I just loved books. Earlier on I would read Sweet Valley Twins and Goosebumps and these little pocket books my mom would buy for me about a young girl with photographic memory. I remember being ecstatic when my grandma brought me to my first Manila International Book Fair. And to this day, books still run my life (because my biggest goal is to be able to publish one someday).
I'm sure everyone who grew up in the days before the internet and before micro-everything share my sentiments: the world has changed, and these little joys we'd experienced from sheets of paper made from dead trees are nothing but alien to Generation Z. The joy we used to get from watching characters grow, amplified by the impeccable word choice of authors -- these are difficult to grasp for a generation that grew up on animated shorts and Youtube videos.
But the same technology that has put books on the brink of becoming obsolete is also the same technology that might help bring back the appeal of storytelling. Authors, not to be dissuaded by slumps in physical book sales or profits cut into by piracy, have adapted to the times. They've transformed storytelling into a truly interactive experience, allowing readers to thrust themselves into the narrative in much of the same way Choose Your Own Adventure books had in the past.