My son just started a new book yesterday. It's called The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. It's Rick Riordan's first novel and they've made a movie based on it which is now appearing in theaters. My son is thoroughly enjoying it, he read over one hundred pages yesterday.
While he read, I could see the excitement in his eyes, the enjoyment on his face, and even heard a few giggles here and there. I took great pleasure in watching him while he was reading and wondered what was going through his mind. I can tell that he'll devour this book in just a few days and be on to the next one.
I teasingly asked him if it was better than mine (he's read the first chapter of my WIP and says he loves it) and being the kind-hearted soul that he is, he answered no. I know he was just trying to make me feel good and I love him for that. But, now I can't wait to get my hands on that book so I can see what it is about the book that has him so enthralled.
For me, my enjoyment of a book is primarily based on the first few chapters. I'll admit it. There are plenty of books that I have tossed aside because they didn't grab me in those first chapters. It's a shame, because there have been books that I've forced myself to push through that ended up being great reads.
I like a lot of action in the first chapter. That's what grabs me. A lot of action that leaves me with a lot of questions. That's what makes me want to read more. I guess I don't need to learn tons about the characters right off the bat. I just like that initial excitement of the character being caught up in some sort of predicament.
So, in a few days, I'll be getting my hands on The Lightning Thief and picking it apart to see if I can gather any information that will help me in developing my novel and making it a great read. Maybe my novel will be so exciting that they'll want to make a movie based on it! One can only dream!
What is it that reels you in when reading a new book. Do you need a lot up front or can you wait for a story to slowly develop? What books have you read that you would like to see as a movie?
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