When you get to a point where you’ve read an amazing number of books, you change. You’ve read so much that what may seem new or interesting to most (and even to the writer of the book you’re reading) is just a variation to you. Your expectations regarding the work change.
Due to subjectivity being what it is, many writers can mistake what’s happening and view it as the books getting worse, not their own aesthetic changing. Two things can happen. One, despair at what they perceive is the dying of quality. You see this a lot with people who hit a certain number of books read: they begin to rail against the dreadfulness of everything. It can lead to bitterness, cynicism, and outright hatred of something they previously loved.
Secondly, and you see this with a lot of artists, is that they begin to gravitate toward something that feels new to them. They seek out ‘artist’s artists’ and are not happy when those voices aren’t welcomed by the mainstream, because these are stories aimed at people who’ve simply consumed a terrific amount of fiction to be able to enjoy the work.
I like this idea. It makes me wonder whether the same thing can be said not just for books and music (specifically, I’m thinking of the new Savages album), but film… food… everything. Are there certain high water-marks we reach and never really come back from as manic consumers of something?
I can’t remember exactly when I got hooked up with reading novels.The first time I can’t fight myself from turning the pages and being eager to know the ending but, at the same time, don’t want the story to end. Maybe it was when I was in 2nd year high school when I saw that Nicholas Sparks book in the bookstore and bought it just because I got curious why people keep on telling me that it’s movie was heart-touching. Maybe that was it. The first time I fell in love and had my heart broken by words from a book. Through reading, I was able to visit the places I have on my bucket list. I also became a deeper person as I was before. I learnt how to weigh things and see it in different perspective. Too bad I’m still terrible at expressing my feelings despite of the wider set of words I’ve learned through reading.
Books became part of my needs. I read as much as one would breathe air. And I want everyone to feel the same way as I do. I want them to feel alive.
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