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I can understand being forced to read turning you off of it. I didn't read some of the books we were assigned to read in junior high, because they didn't really appeal to me.

I was always the pre-eminent bookworm in my school, though. I went through a couple books a week, just reading through lunch, or during study time, or when I finished coursework before the class was over. I'd keep myself up well past midnight, because I'd lose track of time reading. I should emphasize that this started in primary school - it was very much an ingrained habit for me for most of my childhood and all of my teenage years, and literature ended up becoming my university major as well.

Anime has since become my medium of choice, so I don't read as much, but stories are still a huge part of my life, and I certainly don't enjoy books any less than I used to; I've just found more ways to enjoy literature. Every medium has its pros and cons, so not everyone is going to like them all (I'm not so big on theater, myself), but I consider anyone who likes fiction in any of its forms to be a kindred spirit.
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I CAN'T VISUALIZE WHEN I READ!!!
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I get sick of reading about humans and love. I want to read a story that doesn't involve humans, or if they're animals... not animals that have human features like talking or being able to deceive others.


The fundamental handicap to finding stories not involving humans or sufficiently anthropomorphised animals is that writers are human (so far as we know), and people write what they know. I would imagine it would be extremely difficult to write a story in which there were not at least the basic translation conventions of, say, 'cat-speech' being rendered as if it were human-speech, at least when they are talking among themselves.

As to the 'being able to deceive others' - ever watched a magpie or crow pretend to hide its food in one spot while it was being watched, only to take it and hide it elsewhere when it thought it was no longer observed? Deception is by no means a uniquely human trait.

All that aside, the term you are probably looking for is 'Xenofiction', where the author attempts to write from the viewpoint of a distinctly non-human character. If you don't mind being traumatised, 'Watership Down' is one of the most famous examples, but searches of that term will most likely bring up what you are looking for.
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It's not that I love reading, but it's fun. I enjoy reading 2-3 hours everyday, especially when I don't have school. I'm recently enjoying it more than I used to. School seems to be having a negative effect on me by forcing me to read crap and if it's good stuff, I have to read it in a week. My god, I'm not that fast. Most Croatian writers suck.
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I enjoy reading. It only became enjoyable when I turned 8 and found that is was possible to pick my own books outside of schools' book lists and what I received from my family. I joined a library and it's been fun since then.
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If I find a tablet I like I'll get back into reading. Until then its just manga online.
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I am and was since Uni [i graduated from uni 4 years ago] a huge fan of the genius that is Lawrence Freedman and he has introduced me to many other writers.
I used to read more fiction when i was younger; i had a huge collection of the Goosebumps series, some Phillip Pullman stuff... Artemis Fowl series... some more grown up stuff like Harry Hole crime series etc... I should probably read more nowadays because i'm becoming less and less tolerant and get bored easily lol... the magic is gone.

When it comes to normal articles found on the internet, i honestly never just up and think i want to read something. I usually find books upon looking up quotes or words i don't understand the meaning of, or even when someone mentions the name in passing because then i tend to wonder what the person is like and what their work i like. For example, i wouldn't know anything about Carl Sagan if it wasn't for a random post i came across on the internet.

I don't enjoy reading for the sake of reading.

Posted 9/5/15

severticas wrote:

I am and was since Uni [i graduated from uni 4 years ago] a huge fan of the genius that is Lawrence Freedman and he has introduced me to many other writers.
I used to read more fiction when i was younger; i had a huge collection of the Goosebumps series, some Phillip Pullman stuff... Artemis Fowl series... some more grown up stuff like Harry Hole crime series etc... I should probably read more nowadays because i'm becoming less and less tolerant and get bored easily lol... the magic is gone.



Artemis Fowl movie hype.
Posted 9/5/15

haikinka wrote:


severticas wrote:

I am and was since Uni [i graduated from uni 4 years ago] a huge fan of the genius that is Lawrence Freedman and he has introduced me to many other writers.
I used to read more fiction when i was younger; i had a huge collection of the Goosebumps series, some Phillip Pullman stuff... Artemis Fowl series... some more grown up stuff like Harry Hole crime series etc... I should probably read more nowadays because i'm becoming less and less tolerant and get bored easily lol... the magic is gone.



Artemis Fowl movie hype.


For real? Bruv, i haven't watched any movies at the cinema in years lol. I probably wouldn't have watched Harry Potter if i read the books, it's one or the other for me. Allow watching/reading something twice. I bet they'll make huge profits though.
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For real? Bruv, i haven't watched any movies at the cinema in years lol. I probably wouldn't have watched Harry Potter if i read the books, it's one or the other for me. Allow watching/reading something twice. I bet they'll make huge profits though.


Yeah man. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3089630/
Pretty sure the only people that'll watch the movie are people our age lol. Naaaaw, but hary potter books and artemis fowl was like, my child hood.
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severticas wrote:


For real? Bruv, i haven't watched any movies at the cinema in years lol. I probably wouldn't have watched Harry Potter if i read the books, it's one or the other for me. Allow watching/reading something twice. I bet they'll make huge profits though.


Yeah man. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3089630/
Pretty sure the only people that'll watch the movie are people our age lol. Naaaaw, but hary potter books and artemis fowl was like, my child hood.


Artemis, he was the shit though xD. [Edit: and lol a lot of other age brackets will watch it, the books are timelessly filed in the teen/young adults section when you go to the library] I think they made film adaptation of the Phillip Pullman books too, there was even a series on tv with Billie Piper in it.
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I have the same issue, loads of bookcases rammed full and I keep finding new books. not to mention the amount I find and read on my kindle app. Much prefer Physical to digital though.
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Oh dear. I can't read a book for shit! I have never in my life fully read a book, ever. I just can't do it. I lose focus really really fast!
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Nowadays I only read books because of English Pre-AP so... I mean it's nice when we read pretty good books and I get hooked (like our Summer reading, loved it) but I have to force myself to actually start reading it.
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I've always loved reading. I didn't start really learning English until I was around 6 years old, so I attribute my command of the language to doing lots of reading. I maintain my ability to speak three languages by reading. And I'm reading to teach myself a fourth language.

I used to read 20 to 30 books every week or two, depending on how much free time I had. I finished reading all the books in entire sections of the public library. It didn't feel difficult or tedious because I loved it. I'm still able to read quite quickly. I consider the ability to read quickly to be more skill than talent. I'm only able to do it because I had lots of practice.

I don't have the time to do that anymore but I now read bigger books and try to finish at least two per week. Whether it is a new and exciting book or an old, revisited classic, what matters is that you just keep reading. I often fall asleep reading right before bed and get yelled at for leaving the light on, but what can I say? Most families complain when their kid doesn't read. Mine complained that I read too much.

The thing about reading is that it's being taught wrong. People need to read things they enjoy reading, otherwise they are not going to want to keep doing it. Even I hated some of the assigned readings, so it's no wonder that other people also hate them.

Whenever I talk to someone who is my age or older and they tell me their favorite book was one of the assigned readings in high school, I just hear that they haven't picked up a decent book since high school. Don't be that person. Even if you dislike reading, please recognize that it is valuable not only for comprehension but for making you a better thinker. Read about things that you like.


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I read for enjoyment all the time, and have done so pretty much since I was capable of doing so. I would agree, though, that the reading programs in school left much to be desired in terms of providing books enjoyable to modern audiences - I generally got around it by bringing my own books from home. I do find nothing kills enjoyment of a book faster than being made to read one that doesn't interest you, and being required to over-analyse them as well just buries whatever might be left twitching.

Some of the factors that can affect your reading enjoyment include:

* How quickly you are able to scan and comprehend sentences - the faster you are, the more likely the story will 'flow' for you. This, barring specific mental or visual conditions, will get better and better the more you practice.

*The age of the novel - Some stories are timeless. A great deal of stories picked for novel reports are not. If the language requires you to first blow dust from the adjectives and pluck moths from the verbs, and ask worrying questions about what exactly a 'bustle' is, it probably isn't going to be much fun for you. Which leads into:

*Your vocabulary - Back in primary school, they introduced a general practice where if upon opening a book we encountered more than three words we did not know, we should put it back down and try another one. While vocabulary can be built via nutting out these words from context, juggling a novel in one hand and a dictionary in another is not the idea of a good time for most people.

*The subject-matter - I don't particularly enjoy period-dramas, so the works of Jane Austen do not light my fire (literally or figuratively). Seventeenth-century whaling practices don't thrill me, so I've never finished 'Moby Dick'. Nobody is making you read the 'classics', and indeed the term doesn't mean much beyond these are books people haven't forgotten about - it says nothing whatsoever about how enjoyable or accessible they are. Just about everything you can think of, whatever your interests, someone, somewhere has written about - it is just a matter of finding it. If you find a book boring......try a different one.

I realise most people who may pop into this thread are unlikely to actually read this post but eh, I felt like commenting anyway.

I think perhaps the most important thing to say is there is nothing wrong, as such, with not enjoying reading as a form of entertainment - stories are stories however they are told - but I do think it means you will miss out on quite a lot of really good tales; and even the full meaning behind stories presented in other forms of entertainment.


I found subject matter to be the most important by far. I still don't know the dictionary definitions of most words but I can sort of figure out what they mean by examining the context. There tends to be plenty of context in stories and fewer contextual clues in textbooks and other 'dry' writings. I was reading science books about the natural world (specifically, about insects) when I was in first grade. I didn't understand many words but I kept reading because it interested me and I ended up having read every entomology book in my local public library. Once I finished those, I had to expand so I went on to read about marine life. I kept branching and branching.

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