The book I re-read this month was a book that has been unbelievably popular within the last little bit. Last time I checked, there were 113 people on the waiting list for it at the library. As you may have guessed, it’s The Hunger Games. Naturally, after watching the movie, I decided to read the book again. I never re-read books, but because I liked The Hunger Games movie so much, I decided to give this whole re-reading thing a try.
Let’s start with the positives. Especially after seeing the motion picture of this novel, I was really motivated to read it again, but the main reason was a little different than people may think. It was partially because I wanted to get as much Hunger Games as I could at the time, but I was really curious how different the book was from the movie, and surprisingly, the movie actually did a pretty legitimate job of keeping what the book had in it. Also, had been a while since I had read the book, and I was really trying to get into all the details, and guess what? There were so many more details I caught the second time around rather than the first, and it was almost like a whole new experience with new details, and a new mental picture of the story line.
Almost. With positives, there almost always come negatives. The one big downer in this book for me was that I already knew the thrilling story line. My visual images were different. The characters looked different. The plot did not. Even though the Hunger Games is an exciting book with so many twists and turns, I felt like I knew every one of them as they came. With the plot being the main element of a story, the re-reading of this book was a bit less enjoyed than the first time.
Reflecting back on the positives and negatives, it is a surprisingly hard decision for me to choose whether I like re-reading or I don’t like re-reading. So, I didn’t choose. I really like some parts of re-reading, and other parts aren’t so likable, so I can’t really decide which one I think is the best. I think it depends on the book you read, your reading preferences, your author preferences, your book preferences, and so many other factors. I think re-reading isn’t as simple as you like it or you don’t, but depends on the reader and the book. That’s what I think.
Now, I would like to know: What do you think? What are your views on re-reading? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Please comment below and let me know. I’m interested!