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A Spanish writer championed the novel as a supreme art form and explained why he won't have his books made into movies or TV series, in an interview with EFE in Buenos Aires.

Barcelona's Carlos Ruiz Zafon, who on Saturday will present his latest novel, "El Laberinto de los Espiritus" (Labyrinth of the Spirits) at the 43rd International Book Fair in the Argentine capital, said he has been on a mission since the beginning of his career to remind people what a pleasure reading is, something he believes is quickly being forgotten.

With his latest book, the author completes a "quartet" of novels that make up "El Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados" (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books) that started being published in 2001.

"If they had forced us all to watch movies and TV series when we were 10 years old, we'd say: I want to do anything but this," he said.

For that reason, Ruiz Zafon's "personal mission" is to help readers "recover the pleasure of reading," and convince those "who were forced to read at school" that they can learn to enjoy it.

About his literary saga he said he has "rejected offers" to adapt it to the big or small screen, so the public is not going to see movies or TV series of "El Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados," since he considers his books to be the "definitive version."

"What I don't want is to spend years of my life remaking in other media something that for me is already in its definitive version," he said, so he works hard so his readers can picture his books "shot by shot" the way he designed them, "because that is part of the experience I want to transmit."

The author of the 2001 international bestseller "La Sombra del Viento (Shadow of the Wind), which sold close to 10 million copies and was translated into 36 languages, admitted that many readers want to see their favorites among his works made into movies or television series because "they've already seen them, they've already had that experience."

"My ambition when I started working on "El Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados" was to take a story and deconstruct it so as to see it from many different angles," Ruiz Zafon said, adding that he took the story apart in order to "create a labyrinth of stories" in which each one had "different points of entry."

By Marina Guillen.