The Tragedy Of Literary Experience
In the movie, You've Got Mail, Meg Ryan's character says a line that has stuck with me, "So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around?"
This is the best way I know to describe my love affair with the written word. I've spent innumerable moments immersed in the romantic disasters of an Austin novel or fueling my righteous indignation with Chomsky's theories on linguistics in politics.
However, it is more then the plot or the platform that attracts me. The placement of words on the page often captures me as much as the story itself. Why did the author choose to use "beautiful" instead of "pretty" and how does that affect the character's creation in my mind can keep me guessing as long as the next sequence in the plot.
I've read over 1200 books, since I learned to read at 4, that works out to an average of around 55 books per year which is about one per week and I never tire of them. I get goose bumps just thinking about all the possibilities I've still have to experience.