What Type of Reader are You?

29 Jun

On the Porch
Onisha Ellis

 

This morning I was idly thinking about my reading habits. I consider myself a “fluff’ reader.  I didn’t enjoy what my teachers called the classics. Steinbeck and Hemingway bored me to tears and I really wanted that old man in the sea to just cut-the-line. And what was the point in the Iliad and the Odyssey and sirens luring men to their death? Hello, who didn’t know that men will fall for a pretty face and enticing body. Reading the book was not going to change that. Give me a good mystery or romance novel. I also enjoy a rousing action story.

I definitely don’t enjoy fantasy novels, although I have read a couple that engaged my attention. Thinking about reading made me wonder about authors. What influences their choice of genre?

It seems to me that authors of fiction fall into two very general categories, fixers and story tellers. Fixers write in genres that involve building worlds that are a better place, especially fantasy novelists. The authors who write dystopia and thriller/war create problems then set about solving them. Romance novelist are serious fixers. They create wounded characters and spend the entire book setting them up to be restored, complete with a happy ever after ending.

Story tellers take a more gentle approach. Their characters need to be fixed but that is not the point of the novel. My favorite story tellers are D.E. Stevenson and Miss Read.

 

 

 

Their books and writing style are now considered simplistic and old fashioned but they draw me into the lives of their characters and include me in their journey. James Herriot was a fine story-teller as well.  His books are classics I can relate to.

 

 

Reader friends, are you drawn to fixers or story tellers? To my author friends, I would enjoy your take on my theory. Do you see your writing in terms of fixing or telling a great story?

6 Responses to “What Type of Reader are You?”

  1. DiVoran Lites June 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    According to your all time favorite writers (and mine) I enjoy storytellers best. I like memoir and autobiographical, too, but of course those aren’t considered fiction. I enjoy a good romance, but I think the ones I really like have an element of struggle with something else besides just the loved one, like: the work they are passionate about, kids needing care and things like that. I suppose that takes me back to choosing story instead of fixer. Loved your post. You are thinking about books in a fascinating way.

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  2. A Pretty Lil Book Blog June 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    This is such an interesting theory! I think I might be more of a fixer type of reader 🤔

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    • Onisha Ellis June 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

      I think reading may be an escape from fixer tendencies.

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  3. wakinguponthewrongsideof50 June 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    That’s a really interesting hypothesis. I never thought about it like that. I think I like story tellers, but when I begin my new book tonight I’m going to pay closer attention.

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    • Onisha Ellis June 29, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

      I had never thought about it this way either. Let me know what you discover about your reading preference!

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