Tips for the Struggling Reader
Hello friends and fellow readers!
Today I would like to talk about reader preferences. I recently had a conversation with a friend who told me that he wishes he could read more. After asking several questions I came to the conclusion that my friend has plenty of free time in which to read but that he is intimidated by the size of most modern novels. Anything over a hundred pages scares the pants off of him (not literally I hope). My friend mentioned that he has always enjoyed movies and television series based on Stephen King novels. As an avid King fan I suggested that he should try actually reading the books and I assured him the books are even better than the film versions.
My friend scoffed and said that he found the size of many of King’s novels too intimidating. As someone who has read some of King’s larger works (including It, The Stand and The Dark Tower series) I can certainly understand where he is coming from. Picking up a large book for the first time can be intimidating. As an avid reader I can overlook factors like page count but to the more casual reader I can see why that might be a turn off.
I gave this problem some thought and came up with what I think is a possible solution. I suggested that my friend start of with a short story collection rather than read an entire novel. He commented that even those are intimidating because of the number of pages and the sheer size of the novels. I can’t disagree with either statement. My suggestion was that he focus on the table of contents and start with some of the shorter of the stories and work his way up. I recommended that he check out some of Charles Bukowski’s short story collections as a jumping off point. I myself am an huge Bukowski fan and I suspect that my friend has the potential to be one too.
To be clear, my friend is not new to reading. He actually has an Associate’s Degree and is an educated man. He simply is used to reading for more technical purposes and not for pleasure.
I wonder how many other potential or past readers feel the same way?
Does word count and book length chase away the casual reader?
As always I welcome any thoughts, suggestions and comments.
Thanks again for reading and I hope that many of you will join me in setting time aside to read everyday.
As always KEEP WRITING (and in this case KEEP READING!)