Usually on good ol’ Writing Every Which Way, I prefer to not talk about my personal life or opinions. We live in a world where everyone has an opinion and they ALWAYS presume they’re right. I wanted Writing Every Which Way to be a safe haven from that. It’s usually a good place to come for some light poems and stories and just relax.
We have a slight problem, though.
I’m growing bored with poems and I want to try something new.
Yes, poems get the most likes because they’re quick and easy to read, but I’m going to try deviating from the norm in the upcoming weeks and see how my followers react. If you guys hate it, I’ll stop. Please just try to stick with me.
I’ve mentioned once or twice that I love studying social sciences. I’m fascinated by the way the human mind works and what better test subject do I have than myself? In some cases this can be dangerous, but in the way I want to experiment with right now the worst it will do is bore or frustrate me.
So, my most recent endeavor is to study how the mind reacts to rereading books. I reread books all the time but I struggle with books that are considered classics for some reason or another. I can definitely do it, but there’s something about reading Wuthering Heights eight times that’s depressing.
Now I’m not going to be only picking classics. I’m going to be picking some books from my childhood that I used to love and I’m going to document what it’s like to read them again when I know the ending. I do this all the time with my favorite books but there are certain books I haven’t read in years… Twilight is among them. (Yep, THE Twilight. Stephanie Meyers Twilight.)
Before you click away in anger and outrage, let me explain!
Twilight will one day be considered a classic for exactly one reason: It inspired the most aggressive change in Young Adult writing in our lifetimes. Go on Amazon.com and find a cheap fantasy Young Adult book. Tell me how many things you spot that are stolen straight from Twilight (and don’t lie, I know you’ve read all four books. You may have even liked them. I know I did back in my pre-teen days.)
For this experiment, I’m going to start with the Twilight series and document here on Writing Every Which Way how different it is to read them after years of just presuming I know how they end. I’m hoping to be surprised about how much I remember and how I react to reading them.
After Twilight other books on the list are: Harry Potter, Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Molly Moon and etc.
If you have any suggestions on other books or other studies I should make, feel free to tell me what you think.
And now I begin this endeavor! Fingers crossed I don’t regret starting with Twilight.