Sunday, January 11, 2009

Random question: You and the story you're reading

When you read a book, do you imagine yourself as one of the characters? Or do you imagine yourself as a sort of extra character watching events unfold? Or do you just imagine that someone's telling you the story later and not place yourself anywhere near the characters and events of the book?

Tori

12 comments:

LadyStyx said...

With my imagination...the book becomes much like a movie playing in my mind. If I've seen the movie or watched a show with the characters (like Star Trek), I can actually "hear" the lines in the actor's voice. It's pretty cool...

My Side of the Story! said...

I imagine myself as an extra character watching the events unfold.

I guess I'm like LadyStyx. In my mind it's sort of like watching a movie.

I picture what the characters look like and I give them each "voices".

Punkn said...

It is definitely like a movie running through my mind. Each character becomes very real to me in how they are supposed to look and sound. I think that is why I often struggle with movies that are made of books I've read. The characters often don't live up to my expectations!

The Wife O Riley said...

I feel everything that the main characters feel. I have read books where I felt my heart literally break. I don't know what that makes me. Maybe the main character.

MarmiteToasty said...

Well Im reading The Business by Martini Cole at the moment and there is NO WAY I would be in that book, its full of well ard nasty rough people LOL......

now on the other hand when I read The Winter Solstice I imagine Im the woman character in the book, cos much of her life is wrapped around me and eventually everyone lives happiely ever after :) - see, Im just a romantic dreamer at heart lol.... the fool that i am...

x

Tori_z said...

Thanks for answering. :)

Wifey:
Yeah, that would mean you see yourself as the main character.

Kaylee said...

HMMMMMMM thats a hard one....

Kati said...

The best books read to me like history. Like this is a story that really happened by somebody who's really there telling me. Not all the stories are told in all the same way. Some of the best stories are beautifully embellished with flowery language that feels natural to that "storyteller" and that story. Some of the stories are more sparsely worded by "friends" who's language is less flowery than the other sort. Some stories are in between. But the best stories feel real, even when they're impossibly unreal to my life.

(Diana Gabaldon's _Outlander_ series; Anne McCaffery's Pern series -except for the 2 or 3 most recent books; JRR Tolkein's LOTR triology and _The Hobbit_; and currently Patrick Rothfuss' _Name of the Wind_. These are some fantastic series and books that are told by the author in such a way that you actually feel it's a history, a true tale being told to me by a friend, or at least an aquaintance whom I feel somewhat fondly toward.

And when one of these books is done, I dream about the characters. I imagine what "Jamie and Claire" (_Outlander_) might do, or search for something to make my home a little bit more like Bilbo's Bag End. Or, if I could just escape the daily pains or monotonies for life at the Harper Hall (Pern) or at Benden Weyr, what might I pack to take from this life to that (crochet hooks always make the cut). These characters and their stories, their successes and failures, are alive to me. They're my friends and often have been better friends than any I've had in real life at the time.

Tori_z said...

Kati:
That's how it is for me with most books.

Punkn said...

Kati, I am a HUGE Gabaldon fan. Talk about books that you can get lost in! I know exactly what Clare and Jamie are supposed to look like and if they ever come out with a movie, they'd better get it right! lol. I also fell in love with LOTR and adored the Hobbit. I'm going to have to check out Rothfuss and McCaffery.

Intense Guy said...

I usually imagine myself in the protaganist's role...unless it's a bimbo.

Heck, I could be Ms. Marple.

Tori_z said...

LOL @ Iggy!