I’m not the most prolific reader in the world, but I do like to keep a book at hand to read when the fancy takes me. One thing I’ve never done though, is read a book twice (unless looking through lingerie sections in a catalogue as a rampant teenager counts…).
I’ve just started reading The Stand by Stephen King again. I first read it about 10 years ago and even though it took me literally 6 months to wade through the 1400 pages, it still ranks as one of the best books I’ve read. I kept telling myself I’d re-read it again, you know, just to check that it still ranks up there, but I was put off because I’d know what would happen and remember bits of the story.
A bit like re-watching films or TV shows I’ve seen, I hardly ever sit through them again – mainly because the element of the unknown has gone. I’d never be able to recapture the “fucking hell, I didn’t see that coming” moment such as the last few minutes in The Usual Suspects when Kevin Spacey stopped being a gimp (although that is one of the few films I’ve managed to sit through more than once). Similarly, as fantastic as they are/were, I can’t re-watch The Sopranos, The Wire or The West Wing (does all good stuff start with The?). Likewise there are also only so many times that guy in Anchorman can say “I love lamp” until it stops being funny. I’ve seen it; I know what happens…it’s never as good.
So, anyway, back to the book. I’m 300 pages in so far and even though I know the outline of the story, I don’t feel like I’m repeating myself yet. I don’t feel like I’m repeating myself yet. So I’ll let you know if re-reading something is any good and *does that wanky speech marks thing with fingers that them people do. You know, THAT thing that makes you want to smash their face in* “gives me a greater understanding of the book”. Or something.
Given the speed I read and my attention span, I probably won’t finish it until March 2010 anyway, by which point I’ll have forgotten all about this post and why I started re-reading the book in the first place.
I had a better ending to this in my head 10 minutes ago, but I can’t remember what it was now. See what I mean about the attention span?
Don’t worry it wasn’t anything profound or life changing. You’ll live without my wisdom.
Chop chop, move along, nothing to see here…put your chairs on the desks before you leave and NO running inside the building…