Hi dear friends,
I am back on this thursday with another discussion topic. It’s something that is nagging at my mind and sometimes makes me feel lacking: remembering names, scenes, specifics about books you’ve read.
You see once I have finished reading the book or even in the middle of my read, if you ask me to name the female character I often come up with a blank! I have to open the book and read about her name!
The same happens when I write the review and that’s usually just after I have finished the book!!!
So why this lack of memory?
I came up with some theories/explanations:
1) Often in the books that I read the main character is the female one. Mostly told from her perspective. So she gets to frequently name the other characters. We see them and learn them through her eyes but encounter her name less frequently or indirectly.
This makes me walking in her shoes and forgetting her name to focus on other’s .
2) If her name is really unique I will remember it! While a name I’ve seen on dozens other heroines will leave a smaller impression.
3) I am more interested in the boyfriend in the story (I mostly read romances). I often fall for him and I am not far from doodling his name on some notebooks like a lovesick teenager.
Let’s look further and go to specific scenes.
I see other bloggers or instagrammers asking questions like “What was the best kissing scene that you’ve read about?” or “What was the most epic scene in that book? “or ….
My personal drama (ok I am a drama queen ….) is that I rarely recall one particular scene in a book but more a general feeling! It made me sad or the atmosphere was gothic or I was stressed etc.
Some rare books and scenes stay in my mind but not many. Hence my inability to complete some tags asking you to go down memory lane!
Why is that?
I think some is due to the sheer amount of books that I have read and read. They tend to blend into one another after some time.
Maybe some plot or tropes are recurring all the time and it becomes difficult to recall the specifics.
I am also a reader who feels! I don’t see words but I experience feelings. That’s also why most of my reviews are very enthusistic or ranty and overflowing with lots of impression and feelings.
Of course, there are some exceptions.
These are usually books that turned my world upside down or have been so unique that they simply can’t be confused with other books.
The only explanation that I hope avoiding here is old age and me forgetting because I am no longer in my prime LOL.
Now it’s your turn! Do tell me: do you recall everything? And how do you do it? Or do you have the attention span of a goldfish like me?
Thanks for reading!