Thursday, January 11, 2007
How was it for you?
And this reaction can be extreme, to say the least. And I don't just mean the difference between guys and girls. I understand perfectly that a chick flick or chick lit might not be so enjoyable to guys. But between girls. And girls who are my friends.
So, it got me thinking. What is it about a book that makes me love it? That makes me want to pick it up every hour of the day, at the expense of everything else - much to the annoyance of my family.
Is it just the characters? I don't think so. As much as I relate to characters.... clearly, otherwise there would be no incentive to see what happens to them... it's plot. I love action. I like my books fast paced, with elements that keep me guessing, and lots of different things happening. And I hate description... I always flick past those pages. In fact if there's too much won't continue reading.
Movies, it's more balanced. I have to love the characters, but I still want the action. If I take my favourite movie 'Love Actually'. Definitely character driven, but so much more. There's always something happening. And they cut away from the action just at the right time, so I'm left wondering for a while what's going to happen next. And, of course, let's not forget the emotional pull of a movie like this. The characters make you laugh, cry, angry, frustrated.....
How about you. What is it about a book/movie that gets you hooked?
I just started reading a book (thriller) by a best selling author. This is the first book I've read of hers. I like to read it when I get in bed because it puts met to sleep. This is not what I want from a thriller! But everyone wants something different so that explains why she's a best selling author.
I'm opposite. To me, it's all about a complelling character that gets under my skin. The plot has to move--but if the character amuses me or intrigues me along the way, then it can even meander. I love Patrick McGrath more than any writer right now. And his are slower tales of psychological obsession. But those characters!
But, like Erica... I don't need a huge complicated plot. I just need someone fascinating to watch or read about and some kind of tension "what will they do/decide?" to keep me flipping the pages.