I love reading books and largely I read fiction. I’ve this habit-when I start reading a book,for initial few pages the story just doesn’t click with me. I don’t know what I’m reading or if I know I don’t like it to the fullest. I take a while to get immersed in the story line,say about 2-5 pages.
Also,if a book doesn’t click even after say around 15-20 pages then I know it’s not for me and I leave it aside.Talking about this I remember sometime back Swar told me that she has a habit of not leaving a book unread if she has started with it,even if it is not much to her interest. Husby has the same habit.If he picks up some book,he’ll read it to the T. I tried doing it but somehow just doesn’t go with my logic, any way!
On the other hand when a book clicks with me,I just get drowned in it,totally. And then the story starts playing in the head,even at the time when I’m not reading it. I get involved in the book to the extent of assigning faces to the characters in the story.
Now currently I’m reading ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts and I can any given day see how he looks like [on google images of course!] but before even wanting to see how the author looks my mind has given this author a face already. His face is of Andrew Symonds, [just saw him in Bigg Boss-5 house !]
I was wondering how does my mind select the faces for characters I’m reading about? Is it because I’ve seen those faces just recently and hence they are fresh in my mind? To this I could have said yes if the character in Amitav’s book did not get assigned a face that I had not seen in a long time-that is of the man on elephant in the song.
So how does the mind work? What’s the logic behind it? I don’t recall thinking before assinging a face when progressing in the story…it just happens automatically…while reading I start visualizing a face [known of course] attached to the character and let me tell you this makes the reading all the more interesting, after all if the characters that you are reading about get a face of their own,you tend to relate to them in a better way,no?
Does this happen with you? Does your mind functions similarly? What’s your logic behind this? Do you have any peculiar habit in terms of reading books?