so i read this book "speak" by laurie halse anderson this afternoon. i didn't put it down once. it was pretty terrifying and haunting, but still- unbelievably good. it was a real experience. i learned a lot today. a lot about empathy and pain.
well now i figured that even in this book (not to talk about virginia woolf) you'll have trouble getting the author just how she actually wants to be understood. i mean, what did she feel while writing? why did she try to picture this or that? how am i supposed to interpret it? this is heavy. it's not about talent; that you're good at interpreting literature or anything, we're not talking about the- in this case- plain literature or let's just say the deeper plot anymore. it's something more. it's about empathy, understanding emotions, feeling them yourself, if you sympathize with the protagonist or author, the book surely becomes more vivid in your eyes. it's just a matter of time and you'll find yourself stuck in the same labyrinth, fighting the same fight, thinking the same things as the author/protagonist.
and i like that part of books. when you're standing between yourself and the character/author. you'll start to question things like your own identity or behaviour or whatever that EXCEED the level of plain reading. you're thinking about your life, other's lives, with things you learned or experienced in the book in mind. it's fascinating.
i'm telling you this because this book made me think about it: the closer you are to the author, the better you'll be able to emotionally understand the book and wrap your head or heart around it. suddenly, there's inspiration, new ideas or opinions flood your thoughts and you'll feel just new born and strong. that's what always happens to me.
sorry for this english teacher blah blah blah but it's actually true. that is the real, the deep education a good book will give you.
i also think that this is our measure to rate a book. if we learn such things and get inspirations, if it's especially moving or if we,well, just get smarter, we'll like it.
and that's a reason why books like twilight and all are crappy. it's not about the boring plot, or the antipathy i tend to develop towards the unlikable characters,no, it's because it doesn't surprise you, or gives new inspiration, it's just not emotionally educating. judgement. sorry.
comment if you read this, i wanna know your opinion :)