Books, My Life

The Lack of Plays

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This is still not a book review, don’t worry we will get back to them shortly I can assure you. But recently I have been thinking about what I might dare to read once I have come to the end of this year’s reading challenge, which gets closer and closer to actually happening with each back cover I turn to. And as I have been looking at all the novels that I really shouldn’t have bought I have realised that they are just that.

Novels.

And then a couple of poetry collections. But I mainly have mostly novels.

And no plays.

I did a few plays during my time at uni but they were few and far between and so I didn’t ever really feel like I got to grips with them.

Then of course there is Shakespeare who is my one, true literature love and I have read several of his plays (a few of them more than once) and love them all very dearly and I for sure need to read all the plays that I have never had to study (or at least haven’t had to yet). But when I’m in a bookshop (Waterstones, it’s almost always Waterstones. I don’t think I’ve even stepped foot in a Foyles before…) I don’t even go and browse the plays section.

There are so many good plays out there though and so I don’t see why they’re never something I am drawn to because they should be, just as much as any novel.

I think there is a part of me that is like well plays are meant to be performed and so reading them is never going to provide the true experience. And that is true on some levels, I’m not going to deny that. But I’ve studied plays and the fact that I’m not watching them has never really been a problem. In fact it makes it all the more interesting.

It makes you think about all the ways that an actor could interpret one line or scene. Or how a director would interpret the stage directions, or in some cases the lack of stage directions. How a stage would be built, how the actors would interact when they are in the scene but not saying anything. A play actually sparks a lot more of your imagination than a novel because you have to make up so much more. They challenge you just as much.

I found it such a bore to study them though. Probably because it did require so much more analysis. There’s more to think about when you’re studying a play and sometimes you just wanna take the easy way out and just speed through the play and then move on.

But when I have reached the other side of this year’s reading challenge, which let’s be real will now probably be 2018 I am going to make more of an effort to read more plays. I want to be better and wider read and I therefore need to include more plays in my reading repertoire. In the same way that I sometimes have to throw in a documentary into my viewing just after I’ve blitzed my way through RuPaul’s Drag Race.

It’s all about balance.

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