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style of reading

I read this article about reading recently (really). The author was talking about how we seem to read less, and this because there’s always something else to do, check e-mail, check news sites, check text messages. I’m not going to discuss that though. What I found interesting was at one point in the article he mentions that it always takes a few chapters for him to get into that reading groove, that reading a few pages here and there doesn’t work for him.

That led me to a sudden revelation. Had I been reading wrong all this time? My style of reading is exactly opposite his. I read at the dining table while I’m eating, I read during commercial breaks while watching tv, at school I would get to class and read for a few minutes until the teacher started lecturing, snatches of precious time in between other tasks. Have I not been getting as much out of books as I could have?

So I decided to try it. I would read a book for a long stretch. Ella Enchanted was a great book, I thought. I’d wanted to reread it for a while, and it was short enough that I could read it in a couple nights, because I couldn’t guarantee enough nights with time to read several chapters in one go for a longer book.

I read Ella Enchanted last month, most of it in one night. (I cheated myself and read a few pages before I’d finished the books I was reading at the time.) (I also stayed up way too late that night, but that’s another story.)

The result—I was pretty disappointed. I didn’t feel the story was any more real, or that I was further into the story. It was the same as always, a wonderful, beautiful story, but this time it was over so quickly. I didn’t get a chance to relish it and live in the world in my daydreams. It felt a lot more like I’d just watched a movie than read a book I loved.

My test may have been flawed though. Ella Enchanted is just one of those books I hate to rush through. My favorite books I always read piecemeal, to stretch out the goodness of the story. Except for The Count of Monte Cristo, that’s a whole different animal.

But in writing this I laughably realized that I have spent times reading many chapters of a book in one sitting. I just didn’t recognize those times as such because they usually start with me telling myself, “I’ll just read a few pages before bed.” Then the story gets me hooked so I spend a number of hours saying, “Only a few pages more, then I’ll go to bed.” Those are what I termed my “midnight rendezvous.” Heck, that was how I read a few Harry Potter books!

Comparing my two experiences, reading books in short little spurts versus reading nonstop for a long stretch of time, I’d have to say that I don’t notice much of a difference. Reading in bits and pieces is probably more work because I have to block out noise around me and focus on reading, but after a a sentence or two I’m fine and lost in another world.

I have to say I feel sorry for that guy though, if it takes him that long to get into his reading, he must miss out on a lot every time he has to start up again.

Ella Enchanted and stuff

It’s too hot to go to sleep. :( Maybe I should open my window or something. But I’m afraid of someone climbing in my window. >_> Whenever I hear of some guy going in houses and attacking women, I also hear “the victim had her window open because of the heat.” And I think, well dur, I wouldn’t leave my window open while I’m asleep. But … it’s … so … hot. x.x

Oh well. There’s nothing to do online. I’m bored. I was telling myself I’d go on aim, but then I kept putting it off for when I was “less occupied.” And now I’m not going on because it’s so late. ._.;

Anyway. On Saturday I watched Ella Enchanted ’cause my cousin bought the DVD. Blah, stupid book-to-movie ventures. I mean … some are good. *thinks Harry Potter, even though it’s not perfect* But this one was absolutely warped. Did I complain about the “A Wrinkle in Time” movie here? That was actually pretty nice. It stuck to the main part of the book. The only part about Ella Enchanted that was carried to the movie was there was a girl named Ella with a stepmother and stepsisters who went looking for Lucinda to take the spell of obedience off her.

To list my complaints, off the top of my head >b (spoilers ahead, if you haven’t read the very good book):
-Ella liked her dad in the movie. That was stupid. Where was the reason of keeping her obedience a secret?
-The maid/”house fairy” (which sounds an awful lot like “house elf” to me :b) wasn’t such a prominent character. That stinks. They just made her a rotten fairy. x_x
-Her book wasn’t her boyfriend. That was weird. It was supposed to be a regular fairy book that showed you whatever you wanted.
-Lucinda wasn’t the way she really is. She’s supposed to portray herself as the quintessential glittery fairy of the fairy tales, when fairies really look like humans (just with really tiny feet). I dunno. Maybe there wasn’t enough time to show that she was just being an idiot. Nah, she’s just your average black fairy who’s got sass and every other cliche characteristic in the book.
-Hattie, the older stepsister, was made into your regular Popular cheerleader chick. Actually, I rather liked her. ^^ Not the changes, but the person who played her was funny.
-Char … blegh. He’s so much nicer and prince-ly in the book. Okay, this is a better complaint. They put politics in the movie. That was really really really funky. The elves and ogres and giants were segregated and some were forced into slavery and junk. And Char didn’t really get gung-ho about becoming king someday.
-Stupid talking snake. Enough said.
-They took out the part of the book where Ella meets Char at her mother’s funeral. ;.; That was sweet. And the part where they ran away from the party or whatever and found the glass slippers.
-One part in the movie Ella had to tell her best friend they couldn’t be friends anymore (even though they became friends when Ella was sent to finishing school), and she’s not allowed to be friends with an Ayorthaian. They didn’t even explain what Ayorthaian was or anything. They just made the character look Middle Eastern, and that solved the whole non-explanation. x_<
-They added the elf character and the Benny-book-boyfriend character. It made it so much more average. What’s wrong with a girl traveling by herself? Oh, I know:
-They changed Ella completely. She couldn’t have kept the audience’s attention on her own. She wasn’t smart and witty and coool. No, she was just another feminist protester (of all these politics). And she sang. O_o In the book she can’t sing. And they made her feminist. *cries* “Who asked you to save me? I can save myself. I don’t need any help from you.” I thought that was the worst part.
-They also changed the climax. Instead of it being her refusing to marry him (which, I think, is a much better ending; but I don’t know how you’d carry an internal struggle over to a visual media) and breaking the spell, she tried to kill him because his uncle told her to and she was locked up and then she saved him from being poisoned by his uncle and having his uncle take over the throne. Stupid. That was just an imagined reason for why she wouldn’t marry him. I don’t know why they picked up such a mundane, done-before ending. It’s not like you can’t make a smart movie for kids that adults can like (i.e. Harry Potter :b).
-Oh yeah. They took out the part of the book where Char had to go away and he and Ella were writing back and forth and learning about each other. *one of my favorite parts* :b

Just to erase the memory of that movie, I’ve got to read the book again. Aw. Books I have yet to read: finish Raise the Red Lantern; Mary, Called Magdalene; Sabriel; The Haunting of Hill House; Ender (and Bean) series; The Da Vinci Code; and Why Girls are Weird. Oh, poor me. :b

Ella Enchanted

I’m reading Ella Enchanted. I wish I had more Gail Carson Levine books. But I don’t see them in bookstores (‘cept hardback Just Ella. is that the one?) and forget to buy them off Amazon when we order from there.

*weep* My book is getting read too much to be so good.

Actually, this is really good. I think it’s the fourth or fifth time I’m reading it, and I still love it. Maybe not as much as the first time, but it’s still luv. :b