Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The VOICE in Your Head

So, while flying today (Wednesday), I read about 150 pages of SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson. Talk about VOICE. She's got it nailed. ... oh wait ... no pun intended (hahaha - speak/voice - get it? hahaha) ...

I even kept reading up until the point where people undid their seatbelts and started piling into the aisle of the airplane. Then I put the book away and headed into the terminal.

An interesting thing happened while I walked... maybe it was just because I had to pee so badly... but maybe it was because the writing was so great.

I realized the VOICE in my head matched the-style-the-flavor-the-feeling-the-tone of the book I'd been reading. I may have laughed out loud at myself. I thought it was pretty funny. Or scary. Maybe I'm just a crazy person who thinks too much.

But, I thought, WOW! That's great writing if the voice carried over into my own thoughts after the setting the book down.

I love to read. I know many times, characters from a book stick with me for quite awhile but I think this is the strongest a voice has ever carried over into my head.

How about you? Have you had a certain book with such strong VOICE that it influence your normal thought process? Tell me! :)

1 comment:

  1. Neat post! LOL--love your speak/voice pun. I haven't read the book, but I've heard about it.

    I totally absorb other people's rhythms when I read, especially if the voice is strong. That's one reason I don't do my research/reading while I have a WIP going on. I don't want to accidentally pick up the flavor of the book I'm reading. I do all my reading in between, after I finish a novel. I don't write with music on, either. Too one-track-minded (easily distracted?) and the rhythm interferes with my own.