I’m reading an anti-positive screenplay about days that get longer.
I’m not really.
I’m actually reading three books, three very different books with very different aims. One is a fictional novel and the other two are non-fiction; the first is a psychological/sociological book, whilst the other is a guide, made up mostly of exercises. I probably couldn’t have chosen three most different books, even if I’d tried.
I’m not very good at reading one book at a time. I buy new books and want to start them straight away, so I delve into the story/pages and read for a while until I need a break. Many books have been left unread that way and so, I stopped doing it.
I originally planned this blog theme without much thought, it’s pretty simple, I’ve always got a book on the go, so why not share it? I didn’t realise then that I’d be sharing three books.
The Age of Miracles
I love fiction. I want to write fiction, so in order to do that I must consume as much as I possibly can. That’s not why I’m reading this individual book, though. I’m reading it because I liked the idea of the story, I downloaded a sample onto my Kindle and I enjoyed it so much that, when it came to purchasing a new book, it was an obvious choice.
The story is about a young girl living in our world, but there’s a difference, the days are getting longer and there’s very little she can do about, well, anything. Times are changing and, naturally, so is her life. It’s quite a frightening idea, the concept of days getting longer and the consequences of that happening. But it’s an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to explore the rest of the pages.
The Creative Screenwriter
Some books I buy that I consider to be more of a contribution to my future than for pleasure (which is probably how I’ve justified buying so many). I bought The Creative Screenwriter with the intention of having a go at writing a script. I want to learn how to write for the screen, I want to, as the front cover says, ‘expand (my) craft’. There’s only one flaw with this book, one that I should have established looking at it in the bookshop. It’s a book of exercises. These exercises are useful; they’re a fantastic opportunities for me to try different things and try to get my creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s a book that will tell me how to write a script. That’s okay, though, because it’s still a book worth having on my writer’s bookshelf.
Some people love to read non-fiction, others loathe it. I’m quite indifferent. If I find a book I’d like to read, I will read it, regardless of whether it’s fiction or not.
When my mum told me about The Antidote, I was excited. There’s this perception in life that we should all be positive all of the time. I know where it comes from and there’s an element of positive thinking that I will accept.
But there are times in life when positive thinking isn’t easy, nor should it be. If you’ve been recently bereaved, how can anyone expect you to stay positive? If you’re suffering from depression, it’s physically impossible at times to keep your head above water, let alone be positive about the fact you’re drowning.
The Antidote, as it says, is ‘happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking’. I’m still quite new to the book, and I haven’t had much time in which to read it. But the concept fascinates me. There’s nothing wrong with not being positive, after all, we’re made up of differing moods and sometimes you’ve just got to feel the down times. You can’t escape them, though some people try.
Three very different books, with very different ideas and concepts; I think that reading them all will better me as a person, as a writer, as a consumer of fiction. If you’re going to have several books on the go, I think making them a variety of different types of books is probably the best option. Take Rory Gilmore for example, the book loving main character in Gilmore Girls. In an earlier episode, her backpack is full of school books and supplies, it’s so heavy it would probably send her flying if she didn’t focus long enough on pulling it along. When asked if she needed various additional books she kept in there, the answer was clear: what if she’s not in the mood to read her fiction book today, what if she’d rather read a non-fiction book? Then there’s her biography, maybe she’ll want to read that instead. It’s all about what you’re in the mood for reading. Maybe, for the average person, it’s not feasible to carry so many different books around with you all of the time (though the age of the e-book does help with that), but having them on hand, it feels good.