Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Do you think when you read? I like to think I do, but I'm not sure I'm really thinking anything other than the words I'm reading. I read the words and I become the writer's mind, thinking the exact thoughts the writer was thinking, but no original thoughts of my own. Even after I finish reading, I don't have original thoughts (that I'm aware of) about what I've just read. I just close the book and go on to the next one. I don't think about what I've read. I feel about it, but I don't think about it. One reason is probably that I don't remember it that well, other than general things about the story and characters, so all I'm left with is general feelings.

So if I'm not doing my own thinking as I'm reading, and I'm not doing much if any thinking afterward, what does that say about me? I know it used to say that I was a person who never raised his hand in literature classes because he didn't have any original thoughts to express about the books the class was reading. But what does that say about me? I feel inferior.

1 comment:

  1. "I become the writer's mind, thinking the exact thoughts the writer was thinking"

    How presumptuous of you!
    On a serious note, I tend to agree that fiction (I think you were talking about fiction) incites emotions rather than thoughts.

    I never took an English literature class in college, maybe for the same reason you didn't participate in literature classes.

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