|I put this here because . . . why not?|
This got me to thinking how people perceive novels based on how quickly or slowly they read. I've watched my daughter struggle for months to get through a book, and when she's done, she will usually feel apathetic toward it. Unless the story really grips me, which is rare, I usually take a leisurely pace, but in college I could knock out a French author in a weekend. Did the accelerated pace alter my perception? Is my love for the classics based on deadlines? To answer this question, I will attempt to read a novel in a single day; I know that I can technically do this, but skimming through a book for relevant information defeats the purpose of story telling, which is why I hate and have never used Cliff's Notes. A story needs to be felt as much as understood, and feeling takes time.
For this little experiment, I have chosen The Maze Runner by James Dashner, due to it's average length for Sci-Fi/Fantasy (374 pages), and because it has been recently made into a movie.
The questions I will then attempt to answer are:
1) Can I comfortably read 374 pages in a single day? This might end up a fiasco, if I only get halfway through it . . .
2) Will the accelerated reading rate hinder or enhance my enjoyment of the story?
3) Will the accelerated reading rate reflect more positively or negatively on the film? In other words, if I spend the same amount of time (1 day) on both the book and the film, will my emotional investment equal out?
By answering these questions, I hope to get a deeper understanding into how people read and why they enjoy certain forms of fiction. I will then post my results along with my review of The Maze Runner.