When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?
For fun I choose fiction. It’s a way to enter new worlds forged by the author’s imagination and enjoy the story told knowing it’s not real. So, no perspective of harsh suffering while reading. I like biographies and real life stories, but I tend to identify myself too much with the real people’s troubles. That’s not fun unless we are talking about some comical or good-humoured memories. I have read several very good that made me laugh aloud.
To read essays and treaties, I need to be in a mood not precisely fun. More predisposed to study and meditate.
Life has enough occasions to present problems and troubles and to bring sufferings. For fun, I try to avoid them for a while, employing my time on getting to know fictional characters dealing with unreal situations. They can offer me adventure, romance, thrill, fantasy or a calm folkloric tale, without worries.: what else can I ask? I like the classics and Tolkien’s fantasy. When I find a classic book I like I re read it more than once. But I have also a debility for thrillers. They entertain me a great deal I like judicial thrillers and police stories.
The Great Divide.
This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? What do you think creates this effect?
I would like to have enough knowledge of the English Language to answer to this Prompt with some sense.
I love the sound of a lot of words but, being a foreigner, I don’t dare to pick one and elaborate the reasons of my choice. I like how it sounds thunder, for instance. But I’m sure that if I had a broader vocabulary, I’d found better words with the right sound.
So, since I can’t answer to this prompt seriously I’ll switch to fantasy and I’ll choose a very good sounding word: “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” which is fair game because it has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary as a nonsense word that means fantastic. It also means, according to the Mary Poppins film, “something to say when you have nothing to say”, which is my case today.
I have been reading lately fantasy. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende and yes, once again, the Lord of the Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien. Books that make me enter in other worlds where the good is good and the evil is evil and the good prevails after a lot of fantastic adventures with a lot of wonderful creatures created by masters’ imagination. This make me learn, help me escape from the problems of real life for a while and excite my own imagination in fantastic ways. For a journalist always glued to the facts, a journey to fantasy is a great experience.
And then, when I am with my mother I’m reading for her The Testament, by John Grisham, nothing similar to the previous, obviously. But this is another story. I’m reading it aloud exploring my skills as a theatrical reader, acting a little in the dialogs and having a lot of fun with my paralyzed mom doing it. The book was a gift a lady gave to her when she was at the hospital. we decided to read it this way and we share laughs when I overact. I don’t know what would be the next book my mom will ask me to read for her, but I hope it would be a novel with a lot of dialogs and different characters for me to make her laugh.
Daily Prompt: Bookworm.