Books and Imagination – Response.

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I read this post (this might make no sense if you don’t read that first, just as a warning) over on Assia’s blog (which you should definitely go check out, it’s super great) at the beginning of last month (and I mean the beginning, it was just gone 11 on June 1st), but have only just got around to actually posting this because, well, June was a very busy month and I didn’t want to do too many double post days. Firstly I think it is a great idea and a brilliant starting point for discussion, and this particular topic is about books, which if you hadn’t guessed is up there in my top 6 favourite things out there (the others are food, film, music, creativity and family/friends if you’re curious, not in that order or anything, there is no order, just a general top 6 because I can’t narrow it down to 5…and close bracket). Secondly, I didn’t reply to this in the comments section of the post because, again if you hadn’t guessed, I can get real rambly real quickly about certain things and when I saw these questions my thoughts ran away with me and now there is a whole blog post.

Does reading make you daydream?

I guess, yeah. Reading is in itself a daydream of sorts. Or a manifestation of your imagination working in a semi controlled manner. It definitely makes the dreams (day or otherwise) I do have more vivid and intricate than they used to be.

What was a book that caught your imagination in a unique way?

Now there are a lot, the obvious one being the Harry Potter series because I can still find ways to bring it up in conversation even now after all this time. Then there are books like Rainbow Rowell’s and Stephanie Perkins’ ones that capture my imagination in a different way, in a way that is almost real and almost not like imagination at all, which I love just as much.

But the one book that caught my imagination in the most unique way I have experienced in a while was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I wrote a short review about it over here which I think got across some of my love for it. Just everything about this book was stunning and amazing and enchanting and fascinating and exciting and beautiful and stunning (and I am going against every English grammar rule I have ever been taught and using “and” A LOT right now, sorry). I am not a big re-reader of books because that TBR pile of mine grows by the hour, but this a book I could quite happily sit and devour time and time again and probably fall in love each and every single time I open the cover onto the words ‘the circus arrives without warning’. 

When reading a book, do you imagine visually the scenarios it is describing?

I generally try to. That’s the great thing about great writers, if the words are right it makes actually seeing the scenes playing out in front of my eyes easy. It’s all part of the experience and what’s even better is that if you visualise something in one way someone else might see it in a different way and that’s great an exciting and is what makes reading (and other forms of media tbh) great.

What book genres are the best to get away?

I find that I lose myself easiest in YA, for no other reason except that I can lose hours just curled up on the sofa in an afternoon turning page after page. They also bring with them great characters, especially female ones, which are easy to identify with and also a lot of the time they are funny. And funny is all you need sometimes (Attachments, Rainbow Rowell, right now I am looking at you, but there are loads I know).

Also once I get my grounding some fantasy novels are really great for escape, because sometimes immersing yourself in a world that is full of magic and wonder is the best way to forget reality.

What do you like doing to stimulate your creativity?

Music stimulates my creativity like very little else can. So many things that crop up on this blog are inspired by single lyrics of songs and there are countless more just waiting to be written. Reading obviously makes me more creative as well and in some ways it makes me a better writer as well. Immersing myself in the worlds other people created just leaves me buzzing with the desire to go away and create something of my own.

Quotes as well, they can do wonders. Just looking at the same few words and watching the possibilities open up to me as I start thinking of all the different interpretations I have for it and then I hover a pen over a blank page and write the one that feels the most natural. (Fun fact when I sat down to write this piece on a day where I was actually in quite a chipper mood (I just got new boots, doesn’t take much sometimes) and was nice and settled in Costa (which in itself is rare) I did not intend for it to go where it did, but after I wrote the first paragraph I knew, and that’s what I love about being able to have multiple interpretations of something, nothing is ever truly certain until all of a sudden it is).

So that’s this response done. You should go over to Assia’s blog and comment if you have any thoughts about it if you fancy!

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    Hello Sophie! Thank you so so so much for writing this post (going against English grammar too. I find this thing you do hilarious and very expressive, sometimes you really need to stress on words when writing!!). I’m so glad you read my post and felt like giving it such a long answer whereas you might as well just given it a quick reply. I’ve never been inspired by a single quote but I think that’s a great idea and will try and use it for my future posts 🙂 I also want to read The Night Circus, it sounds amazing! Have you read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen? That’s about circuses too so I think you could like it. I’ll now go back to reading my book, thanks so much for making my day with this post <3

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