30 de agosto de 2015

... but I digress

In a way, I'm a bit sorry that this is the topic I chose for these particular entry. I guess I thought I would have some other interesting thing to say or to write about here, but I feel I need to write about this, and the language does not actually matter this time.

I have been reading a lot lately, a habit I had left buried alongside my laundry (almost literally), but that I have recovered slowly (like my laundry) thanks to some unimportant books, but no because they're not important, it's just that they are not the types of book you brag about, but the kind that you read because you simply like them. The stories are simple enough, and complicated enough as well; the characters make sense, some of them are ratable, and therein lies the problem, the issue, the topic.

You, the reader, are, well just that: the reader. You are an spectator of a story that is unfolding before your eyes, or the eye of your mind if your imagination is stronger than mine. The story is not happening to you, no matter how much you would like it to, it simply won't. So you try to understand what that means, you try to remember that, as the reader, you can partake on the adventure from an outside view, and you feel good about that, specially when the story takes a sharp turn to an unexpected place, you enjoy the feeling of surprise, but then it subsides and your reality sets in again, you remember that once you finish the book, it will all be over, you are aware that the main character will survive the peril, you might not be sure how, but you know that it will, because the series still has another book title after the character, so the story becomes dull, the characters plain and all the effort becomes a waste...

... and then you keep reading, because there are still things that you don't know, things that still don't make sense, things that remain hidden, even for you, the reader, the external force that actually drives the entire story, so you find yourself in a different position: holding all that knowledge, but also pretending that you don't.

Sometimes the book actually takes a hold of you and you actually want or don't want something to happen, sometimes you desperately want to take a peek at the next page, or the next chapter, but you restrain yourself form that and you keep reading, even though you know how the page will end because your eyes slipped and saw that last word...

He/she knew it as well, the surprise is there, but it is not a surprise, the characters is speechless, and so are you. what to do now? keep reading, obviously...no! if you keep reading that terrible thing might happen, but you can't just leave the book there, the story has to end!... does it?

At some point, everything ends.

Funny though, this is not what I wanted to write about, I my head I had the word "love" waiting to be talked about, to reference and to give the reader, now you, something to think about.

I wanted to write about the real and unreal, about the feeling and the idea, about the topic, the sensation, the awkwardness, the joy, and the sadness... but my mind drove me somewhere else.

1 comentario:

Ida dijo...

There are a few books I've read which came to mind when I read your post. One of them is 'Shadow of the Wind'. I remembered being so absorbed into the book - I couldn't wait to get everything done in the real world so I could get back into being lost, in the world of that book.

Some books I've read, they lingered, the characters remain inside me even after years of reading them and I think those are signs of a well written story.