Saturday, August 2, 2008

Power of writing

I don't like to write. I never have. But I love to read.

But sometimes authors don't write about stuff I want to read.

Like the last book I read...great author...a real page turner...but the book had a somewhat demonic theme. I can't stand to read, hear or think about the devil. I think that topic scares me even more than cockroaches. Who would intentionally pick up a cockroach? Maybe Grissom from CSI...but I am not Grissom. So why would I bring home a book that mentions a subject I hate. Because I was in a hurry and didn't read the synopsis.

I'm a bit compulsive about reading books and once I start one, I need to finish it. I can't stand wondering how it ended. And this book had me hooked despite the mini panic attacks I would have at the end of each chapter. As I would get to a suspenseful part I would find myself putting down the book to take deep breaths to calm myself down. I'd even pray, "Please don't let the devil come out!!!" As if prayer could change the plot in any way.

However, I'm left in awe at how powerful words can be. What an extraordinary talent to be able to elicit such emotions with the written word.

Powerful writer?

Or just a weak reader?

I think it's a coin toss with me.


Elsa said...

I love this!

AlwaysJoy said...

I am going to go with powerful writer :-)

When I read I get so lost in it things scare me like crazy - Harry Potter took FOREVER for me because I had to read it during the day with my husband home to protect me from the dementors. Yes I know 9 year olds read Harry Potter - maybe they are braver souls!

Mr. Axehandle said...

Haha! Now I want to read that book. I will dress up like that book for Halloween and scare the bejeezus out of people. Enthralled by the story's horrible magic, they will be compelled to give me extra candy to see what happens next! Even if they don't want to!

Wait, no! Don't reveal the book! Keep it a dark mystery.

And hurry up and write some more!