Can someone please tell me how to read a book and enjoy the story without being analytical about it?
I remember there was a time in my life when I read a book, any book or story and in the end I either liked it or not. But that was a very long time ago, it seems. I just finished reading a book by yet another bestseller writer and towards the end all I could think of was how to force myself to finish it. And it took me two whole days to read the last fifty something pages.
Forgive me if I don’t mention the author or the book. Suffice it to say that she is one of my favorite writers. As much as I love and enjoy reading, it seems I have lost the magic of late. I remember (when I was still in high school) when my uncle told me that after he had visited Hollywood he wondered if he would be able to enjoy watching movies now that he was aware of how films were made. After taking all those creative courses where they teach you to study the works of writers you like and learning to read with a critical eye, I haven’t been able to enjoy a book like I used to before. I read it for the story, no more no less.
Same with the book I just read. I couldn’t even go through the book without criticizing the author for character flaws, or for her exaggerated scenes and overdramatic turn of events. The surprise elements that the author threw here and there in the story were way too made up to give the story plausibility. But the most annoying part for me was when three of the main characters each in turn had fights with their parents and ran away from home. In each case the author showed us page after page how angry their fathers were and how they denounced their daughters and vowed never to see them again. Then somewhere later in the story, the author wrote just one sentence saying “she had already made her peace with her father” for all three of her characters. Come on!
So am I doomed? Once a critic, always a critic. Is there a way that I can skip the analytics and read to enjoy?
I desperately seek your advice. Any suggestions anyone, please?