Communicating Professionally

Competitive UO Senior Planner

(23) The “I Can’t Put The Book Down” Feeling November 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jen J. Ashley @ 9:53 pm

Have you ever read a book that made you stay up late at night? A book that won’t let you push it away or do anything until it is finished? The worst ones are when the book is part of a series. Then, your life is given up to the series for at least a week, usually two. Your life becomes intertwined with the character’s plight. Why is this? I have a theory …

We become addicted to these stories because they connect with us on some level, which is obvious. But it is how/when they connect with us.  Take the Twilight series; the author, Stephanie Meyer, wrote the main character, Bella, as a plain girl so any tween can place themselves in her shoes and become apart of the story. The authors have control of this aspect, but what they don’t have is control of our situations when we read it.

For instance, I am enamored in the series of The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins at the moment. (I highly recommend reading this series.) Without giving too much away, the series is about a young strong girl who fights her emotions about love, family, and most of all survival.  Although I am not fighting for my life this story resonates with my current situation. Authors could not plan for someone to be in a perfect situation as I am to be charmed by a story. When a character in a story is easy to relate to and the reader’s situation all align together, it creates the perfect storm for readership.

 

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