The fundamental difference between adults is those who read and those who don't ... Those who read are better people. They are able to travel with their imagination, so they can look at things from different perspectives and don't take things at face value. They are more mature and tolerant and therefore more realistic about the complexity of life. More than with cinema and theatre, books not only generate emotion but make people think.Italian writer Vincenzo Cerami speaking at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Cerami collaborated with actor/director Roberto Benigni on the Oscar winner Life is Beautiful (La Vita e' Bella).