Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday Musings - Story Format

Thanks for Rebecca's blog 'Just One More Page' for Monday Musings...

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a story format.

How do you feel about books written in a differing format – whether this be journals or letters (epistolary), verse novels, or any other form? Is this something you enjoy? Or do you prefer straight forward chapter prose.

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I find that I can get into about any format but the problem I run into is reading the same format book after book after book (by coincidence) and then pick up a book that happens to be in a different format.

THEN I get in that place where I have to "get into it" instead of just reading.

I haven't read one in a while but I LOVE journal-type books and autobiographies. The author is talking to ME and I feel him/her. I laugh as if they were in the room telling me a joke. I cry as if I was there - I had trouble reading Robert Clary's autobiography because there was a point in his life (his childhood) with horrors you can't imagine anyone (especially a child) going through and tears come to my eyes within a few paragraphs.

I don't think I'd have been as affected if it was in a different format because there'd be that extra veil, protecting me from that man's pain. But then I'd lose out sharing his excitement and cheer and his humor, too.

So, my quick answer is: I like pretty much any format. I just might have to clear my mind if I've been reading the same one over and over, much like that little dollop of plain sherbet they give you in the fanciest restaurants to clear your palette between meals.

Nothing wrong with the first course or the food in the second but they’re different.


Mash1195 said...

Its the 1st course that has to grab me. Have become a follower and look forward to your future reviews.

Yvonne said...

As long as the story is good, I don't really care what the format is. My response is here

Lori said...

I am a chapter to chapter traditional reader. Here's Mine.

Nise' said...

I'll give all formats a try.

Grace said...

That is so true. I find it difficult to shift between formats if I have been reading a particular one for a while. I sometimes try to rush into a different format and it just does not work.

Books Like Breathing

Grace said...

I love autobiographies in journal format. My favorite was Sylvia Plath's journals (which I completely forgot while writing my list). They almost feel like you are snooping but they are so good.

Books Like Breathing

DanaB said...

Good point about needing to adapt from style to style. I just plain love good stories, whatever the style--except verse. Just can't get into verse-novels.


pickygirlfoodfilmfiction said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog, and I agree about format, for sure.

Your blog is beautiful!

Live Out Loud said...

mash1195 - thanks for following - I hope I earn it!

pickygirlfoodfilmfiction - aren't you sweet to say so - thank you!