A MinD in MoTown

I can read! I can read!
October 6, 2009, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Block de writer, I clearly have nothing better to say

I’m about to sound super nerdy …

There is absolutely nothing like a good book.

As most of you who frequent this blog have noticed, I’ve been crazily engulfed in the Twilight series the last few weeks (though I’m nearing the end) and I have the Sookie Stackhouse books already on the back burner for the moment I read the last lines of Breaking Dawn. And sometimes I tend to forget how much I truly enjoy reading; how much I love getting entirely swept away by the fiction on the page.

Sitting down to watch a movie is great. Playing a video game is a ton of fun. But, if you ask my dork self, they don’t even compare to using my own imagination as I sift through the pages of a good piece of fiction. There’s seriously nothing as enjoyable whatsoever, and I often forget that fact, foregoing books for months at a time, instead choosing evenings at the bar or non-stop Guitar Hero nights. But the moment a decent novel makes its way into my hands again, I instantly remember all I love about getting lost in the written word.

However, with this comes a downfall; I tend to get a bit carried away.

When an amazing text comes along, I selfishly throw everything else to the wayside, wanting nothing more than to find out “what happens next.” And in my journey to read each page, I push things aside such as restaurant outtings, fun with friends, quality time with the boyfriend, sleep, etc. etc. Somehow – and this insanely occurred with Twilight – I become so completely engrossed in the book that I decide little else matters ’til I’m finished. Discovering the plot in its entirety moves to the forefront and I absolutely have to read every single word before I can think about rejoining society.

Is it truly possible to get so caught up in a book that reality no longer matters? That you can’t tear your mind away from the plot long enough to function properly in the real world? Because I seriously think it’s an issue I encounter whenever a fascinating piece of literature comes along.

I suppose it’s one thing for a book to envelop you in that moment, where you would prefer not to turn your eyes away from the page. But it seems quite another to find it nearly impossible to stop thinking about plot developments, characters, and a fictional life that is completely unlike your own as you move through the day. Either this is a sign of nerdhood at its finest, complete with an overactive, unwavering imagination, or it’s the true test for a remarkable text.

Does anyone else encounter this issue? Do you find it difficult to pull away from the book so tightly grasped between your hands and return to the mundane existence you actually live? There truly is nothing like being entirely overwhelmed by an amazing book, but is it possible to delve too far into the fiction when escaping reality?

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YES! It’s rare that I get so involved with a book, but when I do have one of those awesome ones in my hands it’s really difficult to detatch myself.

P.S. I think you’ll enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series. I absolutely loved it. Even more than the Twilight series.

Glad someone agrees! And I’m looking forward to the Sookie books. Can’t wait to read them.

Comment by Jenn

This just made me smile all over. I too suffer from the chronic bookworm affliction so I definitely relate to the intense involvement. There’s a reason why I could read the final Harry Potter in hours and not days.

I may have despised Twilight, which will be talked about soon on my own blog, but I loved the Sookie Stackhouse books were awesome.

Can’t wait to read why you hate Twilight. I have some issues with it – more from an English standpoint rather than context – but they drew me in anyway.

Comment by Kendall

I have been known to read during meals and almost wake up in the middle of the night to read when I’m so engrossed. I had one book with really long chapters and I would be awake until 2 a.m. reading, laying on my side, reading just waiting to drop the book to the floor.

A great book won’t let me sleep. Reading New Moon, I would suddenly look at the clock and realize it was 3:30 a.m., so I’d force myself to put it down.

Comment by Jessica

This is EXACTLY how I feel when I get swept up in a good book; all I can think about is whatever book I’m in the middle of reading.

I love that feeling.

Exactly, and I do love it. But damn it, I’m sick of thinking about Jacob Black constantly!! Haha.

Comment by thatShortChick

Do you know I read 4 twilight saga books in 4 days? Almost no sleep, barely eat, barely drink and ( ew ) barely shower. I looklike a mess afterward, thank god it was a holiday and I could sleep like almost 2 days after it’s all finished. My friends thought I’m crazy.

I would’ve done the exact same thing if work wasn’t standing in my way!

Comment by Andhari

It’s been a LONG time since a book has done that for me. And you know what book (series) did it for me?

Harry Potter.

There I said it. I like HP. Laugh at me now

Dude, I’m so not about to laugh. I like Twilight. And I’m pretty sure that’s worse than HP, ha.

Comment by phampants

Oh, I so feel you in this! Except that I am constantly, CONSTANTLY, involved in a novel. Anything goes for me. I just want entertainment and a good read! There are times when I feel bad for people who go out on Friday nights because me, the lucky one, gets to curl up and finish my book! Seriously. I’m am such a book nerd, it’s ridiculous. But I love it. I feel bad for people who don’t like/don’t have time for reading.

I feel bad for them, too. I think using my imagination to pull everything together is so much better than having something on the screen to tell the story. Sure, I go out at times, but if I really love a book, nothing will stop me from reading it. Glad you can relate!

Comment by Stephany

I’ve always enjoyed reading a good book or two, especially Michael Chrichton books, and have sometimes gotten carried away with them just like you. I’ve also had my video game phase where I did the same with video games.

These days, I’m always in the middle of a good book. I just finished Michael Crichton’s Timeline and am about to start Angel’s and Demons!

I love reading, but like any good thing in life, I enjoy it in moderation. 🙂

For people like me, who become overwhelmed with books, perhaps moderation would be better suited. Michael Crichton, huh? I’ve actually never read anything by him.

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