Happy Sunday Everyone!! It’s another scorcher here in Dallas so we’ll be hanging low until after nap and then heading to the pool for a bit of a dip. I know so many of you are scrambling to get ready for school starting again and picking up old routines, but I’m looking forward to September if nothing else than the cooler temperatures! I forget every year that August is so stinking hot!
In an effort to keep cool, I’ve reading staying in an reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. This is my first time reading the book and I haven’t seen the 1995 adaptation. It’s been a fun reading experience so far and a bit novel knowing nothing about the plot. I assume there’s a Mr. Knightley coming in a bit, but sometimes it’s rare to read such a popular classic and not know much about the book or characters.I’ve been dying to look up the actors from the movie on IMDB in order to put faces with names, but I’ve been trying to resist the urge. Would having faces go with the names spoil things for me? Would it alter my current vision while reading the book? (I will note I’m fairly certain I have the two female leads pegged based on what I know about the movie).
Thinking about actors and characters got me thinking about how we visualize a book and its characters while we’re reading.
I don’t put faces on my characters when I’m reading. It’s almost like I can visualize the scene I’m reading, but with all of the characters as faceless beings. However, when a movie is cast for a book I loved (or even a television show), I often have an immediate reaction of “That’s not who I pictured!” Do you picture features on a face when reading about your characters? Do you often assign actors’ faces to those of the characters you are reading? Once you’ve seen pictures of characters from an adaptation, is it difficult to get them out of your head?
Scenery seems to be a little different, though. When reading a scene can play in my mind and the landscape and even specifics of a room can be more clear than the actual characters. I’ve often wondered why this is–why can I so easily visualize where the characters are but not who the characters are? How does your visualization of scenery compare to that of characters? Do you have an easier time seeing the landscape upon which your characters walk?
Just some short little things to ponder on this hot hot Sunday! I’m sure some of this has to do with how visual we are–I have noticed that when I dream the people in my dreams rarely have clearly defined faces. Sometimes I’m not even sure who exactly I’ve been dreaming about. Ha! But perhaps that is a different topic for a different day.
No little blip today as I haven’t bought anything new and the only thing I’ve finished is the audio for A Gift Upon the Shore by MR Wren. I thought this book was just a couple years old, but when I looked it up I discovered that it was published in 1990. It’s an adult post-apocalyptic book that thoughtfully explores new a new society after the world has gone quiet. The religious themes are heavy throughout the story and I found the storylines and the ideas fascinating. By the second half of the book I was looking for excuses to listen. I’d certainly recommend it!
Hope you’re having a great Sunday! Are you reading anything particularly good?