I think about books a lot. But I also think a lot about why I think about books a lot, and that’s pretty much what led to this post. I know that reading is one of my greatest passions, but I wanted to finally work out why it is that some books can be read and enjoyed, and some can just hold on to a little piece of your heart and never let go.
With that being said, here are some of the things that will really make me fall in love with a book!
This is possibly the surest way to ensure that I am going to adore a book. Beautiful, emotive and rich description has the power to remind me, instantaneously, why I love reading. If I am reading a book in which the language is beautiful, I am completely absorbed – there is very little that can be done to draw me out of that world in my head. This is possibly why I love fantasy so much, as what comes to my mind immediately when I think of description is sweeping mystical landscapes and glittering ethereal skies.
As an example of this, I don’t think there are any authors that I can refer to other than J. R. R. Tolkien and Sarah J. Maas (who’s surprised at this point?) I’m not exaggerating when I say that Tolkien’s use of language often has the ability to make me forget to breathe. He can craft a description that captivates every single sense, and I honestly think that sometimes they are just as vivid as if you physically saw the places he creates with your own eyes. Add Sarah J. Maas’ descriptions of her Night Court to the list, and you can begin to see why they are two of my all-time favourites.
If there’s something that is frustrating to read about it is a protagonist that doesn’t act in a realistic way to the situations they are in. Take the fifteen-year-old YA hero who sneaks out of their house at 2am to meet up with the new guitar-playing boy in school that they’ve only known for twelve hours (maybe people do that? I never did). Take the hero of a fantasy or dystopia who has never fought in their life and is somehow a miraculous warrior within just a few days. I have no problem with characters doing unrealistic things like this occasionally, but it can just become so unbelievable and ruin a story for me when the character’s storyline doesn’t move forward logically, or when things just work out too neatly.
I love my characters to have some sort of moral ambiguity and a lot of doubts or fears to go alongside their journey, because that’s just realistic! I’ve always said that for me personally, good characters can compensate for an average plot, but average characters that I don’t care for can rarely make me want to stick through the plot. Three-dimensional characters are everything! Continue reading “Five Things That Make Me Fall In Love With A Book”