Film and literature is one of the hobbies in The Sims 2: FreeTime. Its secret lot is Desirable Discourse. It is the only hobby that is not associated with any skill, although there are some implications that it is linked with the charisma skill. Having a lazy or shy personality will raise the enthusiasm for this hobby faster. It seems to be very rare for a Sim to have film and literature as a predestined hobby, due to its assignment being based on having few points in two personality aspects.
The television and the bookshelf are honored places for those Sims that thrive on stories. The film and literature Sim revels in the comedy and the mystery present in all intricate narratives.
Activities that raise a Sim's enthusiasm in film and literature are:
Available to toddlers and children:
- Being read to.
Available to children and up:
- Reading a book (other than a cooking skill book).
- Watching the Sims Broadcasting Network, KidzTube, or a movie.
- Reading the "Entertainment" section in a newspaper.
- Reading the Modern Media Magazine.
- Browsing the web for film and literature.
- Blogging about film and literature.
- Telling stories about fame.[TS2:AL]
- Dreaming about film and literature.
- Writing in a diary.
Available to teens and up:
- Reading to children and toddlers.
- Reading children to sleep.[TS2:AL]
- Discussing books with other Sims in a book club.
- Studying charisma from Books First for Learning: A Bookshelf of Education.[TS2:S]
- Reciting poetry.[TS2:AL]
Available to adults and up:
- Writing a novel.
Gaining enthusiasm in this hobby can unlock these interactions:
- "Talk about Film & Literature"
- "Read Section ... Entertainment" in newspapers
- "Participate in Book Club"
- "Browse Web For Film & Literature"
- "Share Hobby Tips About Film & Literature" with a Sim
- "Blog Tips About Film & Literature" on the computer
- "Instruct in Film & Literature"
- "Be in the Zone"
- In practice, "Participate in Book Club" causes the "Discuss..." option to appear when clicking on a bookshelf. The player will be able to choose which genre to discuss, and which Sim to discuss it with. If any Sim-written novels are in the bookshelf, they can be discussed as well.
- Uninspired Underling
- Regular Reader
- Book Club President
- Movie Maven
- Media Mogul
When reading a book that builds enthusiasm in this hobby, Sims who are "in the zone" will hear sounds related to the book's genre.
Sims with enthusiasm in this hobby tend to read a book while walking.