This week’s Booking Through Thursday is all about the story.
If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite reasons to read is for the story. Not for the character development and interaction. Not because of the descriptive, emotive powers of the writer. Not because of deep, literary meaning hidden beneath layers of metaphor. (Even though those are all good things.) No … it’s because you want to know what happens next?
Or, um, is it just me?
I majored in elementary education (grades 1-8) with an emphasis in English. I remember preparing for finals, writing papers about literary meaning, and debating with others about the intent of authors. As useful as this was when it came to preparing me to teach, I remember how I often just wanted to ignore all that and just enjoy the book!
I know that many authors write with a purposed message in mind (I immediately think of Sinclair’s The Jungle), and I realize these books have an important place in the literary world. When I read for pleasure, however, these are not the books that call to me. As I curl up on my couch at the end of a busy day, I don’t want metaphors and meaning, I want to lose myself in the story. Although I am happy to learn something when I read, I am most pleased when I simply enjoy a book so much that I am sad to leave the characters and find myself wishing the story would go on and on and on…
Why do you read? Are you the literary type, or do you want to keep reading just one more chapter so you can find out what happens next? Do you feel you have enjoyed different types of books at different stages of life? (I am sure my sleep-deprived brain is one reason I can’t handle the heavy stuff as much as I used to.) Leave a comment and let us know.
Lauren is a wife, a mother of two, and an avid reader. Lauren blogs at Baseballs and Bows.