Style Saturday is a meme hosted by me where each week I present a prompt about reading style and explain my answer. Feel free to join in with your answer in the comments or leave a link to your Style Saturday on your blog.
This week: You found a book that you really enjoyed. Do you try to find out more about the book (essays, other books)?
Maybe it’s the Media student in me but I like to do it occasionally. Not every book out there is multidimensional but for the books that are like that, it’s so cool to see new perspectives on books you already know and love. It gives you a lot to think about. You might not agree with everything the author is arguing but it’s fascinating to see his/her point of view. It makes me love a book even more because of the amount of thought the author gave to the book.
I’ve done it countless times with Harry Potter because I’ve written 2 academic papers on the books (one about how Harry isn’t a tragic character. He caused most of his problems; one about how the books are a positive influence for readers). I had to read tons of essays and critical analyses for resources so I’ve seen almost every problem there is with the book: gender equality; gender inequality; race equality; race inequality; philosophy in the books; choices; etc. Every time I read the books, I can read them from a different perspective and take away something new each time. It’s awesome.
Harry Potter is the only book I’ve read for but I would love to do it for other books. I need to see if the library has the Percy Jackson or THG books… I’ll probably also do it for The Chronicles of Narnia when I finish the books.
Do you like to read beyond the book? What books have you done it for?