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How do you visualize what happens in a book as you read?
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.

Explain your opinion in great detail.


Plain and simple; How do you visualize what goes on in a book when you're reading? How do you see what the characters are like and what goes on between them? And I mean fiction novels obviously.


Me:

Unfortunately, I can not visually read a book at all. It's been that way since I was young and trying is hard. The spoilers would tell you more.



Does anyone understands what I'm getting at? Anyway, let me know how you enjoy reading books.


Bonus Questions:

1) What book are fiction novel are you reading now?

2) Do you enjoy reading books or writing stories more than the other?

Enjoy!!!



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I totally get this, I not only visualize the book I'm reading I tend to cast the characters in the book with live actors like I'm producing a movie. I just finished reading battlefield earth, can't believe how bad the movie was. I'm currently reading The alchemist, actually I'm rereading I gotta find the other books to that series, It's really good
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Bluesdad145 wrote:

I totally get this, I not only visualize the book I'm reading I tend to cast the characters in the book with live actors like I'm producing a movie. I just finished reading battlefield earth, can't believe how bad the movie was. I'm currently reading The alchemist, actually I'm rereading I gotta find the other books to that series, It's really good


Oh, wow, that's pretty cool. Didn't think of some people visualizing the story in that way.
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Bluesdad145 wrote:

I totally get this, I not only visualize the book I'm reading I tend to cast the characters in the book with live actors like I'm producing a movie. I just finished reading battlefield earth, can't believe how bad the movie was. I'm currently reading The alchemist, actually I'm rereading I gotta find the other books to that series, It's really good


Oh, wow, that's pretty cool. Didn't think of some people visualizing the story in that way.


Kind of ruins it if a movie is made I have all these preconceived ideas that generally aren't met.
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Bluesdad145 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


Bluesdad145 wrote:

I totally get this, I not only visualize the book I'm reading I tend to cast the characters in the book with live actors like I'm producing a movie. I just finished reading battlefield earth, can't believe how bad the movie was. I'm currently reading The alchemist, actually I'm rereading I gotta find the other books to that series, It's really good


Oh, wow, that's pretty cool. Didn't think of some people visualizing the story in that way.


Kind of ruins it if a movie is made I have all these preconceived ideas that generally aren't met.


Oh okay!
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I kind of do some of all of the options, so I won't choose just one...as for the bonus questions:

1) Fiction: Gulliver's Travels
SciFi: 1984

2) Reading more than writing...


EDIT: Not the last option of the poll
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Lord_Jordan wrote:

I kind of do some of all of the options, so I won't choose just one...as for the bonus questions:

1) Fiction: Gulliver's Travels
SciFi: 1984

2) Reading more than writing...




Even the last option?
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I usually imagine it all in my head when I read and imagine different voices for each character while I'm reading the dialogue parts so I guess it's kind of like watching TV? This is usually why I tend to read slower than most people because I like to take my time to absorb in each scene.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


Lord_Jordan wrote:

I kind of do some of all of the options, so I won't choose just one...as for the bonus questions:

1) Fiction: Gulliver's Travels
SciFi: 1984

2) Reading more than writing...




Even the last option?


...ha...haha....Whoops, seems I overlooked one...No, not the last one, I am so sorry for that, I feel rather stupid now XD
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adrianc0 wrote:

I usually imagine it all in my head when I read and imagine different voices for each character while I'm reading the dialogue parts so I guess it's kind of like watching TV? This is usually why I tend to read slower than most people because I like to take my time to absorb in each scene.


Wish I could do that.
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Yeah, the last one is all about me.
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Seeing it all as if I were there when it happens/interacting.

I voted for that because it's probably the closest to how it feels for me.
I've always been able to visually read and absorb myself into a book to the point that everything else just kinda fades away. I used to think everyone felt that way when reading until I had a conversation with one of my buddies and he seemed to experience it differently. It's hard to explain simply because it doesn't really feel like anything else. Just feels like reading.
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Alchemeister wrote:

Seeing it all as if I were there when it happens/interacting.

I voted for that because it's probably the closest to how it feels for me.
I've always been able to visually read and absorb myself into a book to the point that everything else just kinda fades away. I used to think everyone felt that way when reading until I had a conversation with one of my buddies and he seemed to experience it differently. It's hard to explain simply because it doesn't really feel like anything else. Just feels like reading.


That kinda how I want to read though.
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I think descriptively, most likely because I've been an active reader since I was very young (I considered a ~900 page book "average" when I was 8, if that gives you any perspective). Therefore, I don't visualize the things as I read, but I comprehend based on description. Due to that, I tend to like more eloquent writing styles; colorful descriptions with diversity in the vocabulary, a lot stylistic devices (metaphors, comparisons, similes, etc, etc.), longer descriptions, and so forth.
I become very immersed in what I read and tend to block out outside disturbances easily, but even if I'm quite absorbed in all the words, I can't picture what I'm reading. Although I can't visualize what I'm reading per say, words - to me - are colorful enough that I can still "see" what they describe to me. For example, when someone explains something to you in detail and even though you don't quite get the mechanics, you get the general idea of how it functions. Something to that effect.

I am currently (re)reading The Belgariad by David Eddings (fantasy that I highly recommend).
I like reading more than writing, but I probably like both more than the average person since I grew up with a library of ~2500 books instead of cable and video games.

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Hell yeah. I have a very active, visually inclined imagination.
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