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Old 05-20-2020, 02:49 PM
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I read a lot of popular fiction (too much?). I abandon often. I read as an escape. Some of my abandoning is due to stress, some I abandon because I hate the book. Both situations reduce my enjoyment and escapism.
I don't really do much abandoning. But when I get stressed, I tend to re-read books that I know I like. The last few years have been... complicated... so I've been running through a lot of books I've read countless times before.

If things get really, really bad... I end up reading Piers Anthony.
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It has more to do with genre than anything else. I favor sci-fi and fantasy... and none of that really falls into the heading of "literature".

There've been some classical literature that I enjoyed, but most of them feel like they've got some deep meaningful lesson to teach, which is kind of the opposite of why I read
Wells, Verne, Poe, Stoker, Shelley. Not all great reads unless you can be intrigued by the concepts.
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Wells, Verne, Poe, Stoker, Shelley. Not all great reads unless you can be intrigued by the concepts.
The classical horror never really intrigued me. Poe is okay, but just not my thing in the grand scheme. I've read a wee bit of Wells & Verne, and they were good.
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I don't really do much abandoning. But when I get stressed, I tend to re-read books that I know I like. The last few years have been... complicated... so I've been running through a lot of books I've read countless times before.

If things get really, really bad... I end up reading Piers Anthony.
No I meant the book causes stress...probably a better word is "heavy". e.g. The Hate U Give was about the police shooting a black man, and the jodi piccoult book was about parents having a 2nd baby to be a donor for an older child, or some such.
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No I meant the book causes stress...probably a better word is "heavy". e.g. [i]The Hate U Give[/u] was about the police shooting a black man, and the jodi piccoult book was about parents having a 2nd baby to be a donor for an older child, or some such.
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both are pretty good movies
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For most of these books, I hated them only because I was being forced to read them. And to write essays about them.
Yeah, the essay part ruined the enjoyment of a lot of the reading. You couldn't just read the book, you had to read it with the idea of looking for underlying whatever or seeking out symbolism - reading it in the mindset of "what can I write 10 pages on related to this book?".
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Yeah, the essay part ruined the enjoyment of a lot of the reading. You couldn't just read the book, you had to read it with the idea of looking for underlying whatever or seeking out symbolism - reading it in the mindset of "what can I write 10 pages on related to this book?".
I still can't encounter a book with a character with initials JC without immediately thinking "Did the author mean for him to be a Christ Figure"? I had one English teacher who was very big on Christ figures in literature. Though I thought some of them were anti-Christ figures.
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Yeah, the essay part ruined the enjoyment of a lot of the reading. You couldn't just read the book, you had to read it with the idea of looking for underlying whatever or seeking out symbolism - reading it in the mindset of "what can I write 10 pages on related to this book?".
I couldn't do it. I just BS'ed my way through all of those essays.
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Yeah, the essay part ruined the enjoyment of a lot of the reading. You couldn't just read the book, you had to read it with the idea of looking for underlying whatever or seeking out symbolism - reading it in the mindset of "what can I write 10 pages on related to this book?".
agreed. Who knows if symbolism was intended, or just something teachers invented to make a deeper discussion.

For all I know Animal Farm was actually just a story about animals with authority issues
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