Thursday, November 3, 2011
What is it about exceptional storytelling that leaves a reader so engrossed in a tale that she cannot forget it? All I want to do is thinking about these characters and this story and all the themes and symbols and implications. Moreover, I want to write a story as compelling and engrossing as this one. How did Suzanne Collins do it? When I read something like this I am humbled: always wanting more, wondering how to become this kind of supreme storyteller.
After a day or two it will fade. Other stories and life itself will take over. The tale will recede a bit, and eventually I will pick up other books to try and recreate this feeling. I guess this is why I read and why I write, to create this feeling of ecstasy over finding other people, other worlds, other ideas. I read to become absorbed in something other than myself, to learn about the world, to broaden my scope of understanding.
I really have to remind myself that I often stumble across inspiration and fabulous storytelling in the most unlikely of places. Several good friends and avid readers had recommended these stories to me, and I waved them all off. The topic sounded too grisly: children put in an arena to kill each other off! Not my cup of tea. That is what has made this reading experience doubly good. I did not expect to be so captivated by this tale.
Thanks Suzanne Collins. Looking forward to your next adventure.