Why I Read

     Some people read because they have to for a class, some people read because they love literature, and most people read for both. Personally, I read because I love books. I know some people who hate reading and don’t like a certain class because they have to read a book or an excerpt from a story. However, I also know many people who love to read just for the fun of it. I feel that books are amazing to read because you can get immersed in most of them so easily. Also, it’s a great way to strengthen your imagination. When an author describes the characters and settings in vivid detail, you can see everything in your head and see everything like it’s real. When an author gives very limited detail on characters or settings, you can paint your own picture and make part of the story your own.

     Like I said before, I love to read. I prefer books over a magazine, newspaper, or an article like the ones I sometimes have to read in class. I like reading in my free time because I can pick what I want to read, unlike school when they most likely pick for you. Occasionally, the books that teachers choose are good and I absolutely love them. However, sometimes they’re bad and I just want to get it over with so I don’t have to read it anymore. When I do read, I like fiction a lot better than nonfiction. So far, the Harry Potter books have been my favorite that I have read. The books are just fantastic and I can’t get enough of them.

     I’m not a big reader, but I like to think I read a lot. I usually read books that I know I’ll like. I know that I’ll like certain books because I have already watched the movies. I watch movies a lot more than I read books. For example, I watched the Harry Potter movies and decided I really wanted to read the books because they will have more detail and more things that happen than in the movies so it will be even better. Sometimes that doesn’t happen. For instance, I read a book that was based around the idea of Sleeping Beauty but with a twist. It took me forever to get even partially through it because the first part was very boring for me and I’m still not even done with it because it doesn’t grab my attention like other books. Sometimes when I read a book after watching the movie, I feel like it’s not as fun because I already know what happens and it lessens the surprise of things, but I still feel a lot of emotions when I read those books anyway. Basically, I’m not a huge reader like other people I know, but I do read quite a bit and I usually read a book after I’ve already seen the movie.

     I am currently reading a book called The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It is an amazing book because it’s about a kid who just became a freshman and his struggles through school and life but he makes great friends along the way. I feel like people can relate to different characters, especially him and that’s part of what makes the story so good. Whenever I read a book, sometimes, I just stop reading it for no reason and it takes me a while to come back to it. I just started reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower again because I stopped reading it for a while and decided that I wanted to finish it. This happened with the seventh Harry Potter book too. If I didn’t stop reading it, I would have finished it a lot quicker. For instance, I read the first Harry Potter book in two days because I wouldn’t quit reading it. Once I finish the Perks of Being a Wallflower, I already know the next book that I’m going to read. So basically, I do like to read, but mostly fictional books, I like to read on my own time and at my own pace, and I mainly read books that I am pretty sure that I’ll like.

A Book That Has Meaning to Me

   Evan Puschak’s video essay on the Nighthawks painting by Edward Hopper is very in depth and detailed. When I listen to a song, look at a painting, drawing, or work of literature, I don’t usually analyze it or find a deep meaning to it like Puschak does in his video essays. I mostly don’t research and analyze a work of art like Puschak unless it means something to me. For example, if I saw the Nighthawks painting, I would try to find a deep meaning in it, but I wouldn’t research things about it to learn more. However, I have analyzed a lot and will keep researching things about the Harry Potter books.

    The Harry Potter books mean a lot to me because they are, in my opinion, amazing. I get immersed in them so easily and I never want to stop reading. The stories are just magical. My emotions change constantly when I read Harry Potter. Different things can be interpreted from the books. One of the themes that I found after finishing the series was that love conquers any evil. I noticed this theme when Harry’s mom died for Harry and he survived because of her love. Also, many villains in the series were defeated because people would do anything to protect their loved ones and that, in the end, defeated the villains. When Harry was going to die later, he thought of someone he loved dearly and that was a reason he survived. Like is said in the previous paragraph, I don’t analyze a lot of artworks unless they mean something to me, but with Harry Potter, I do it all the time. This is one of the things I have thought about after reading the series.

    The Harry Potter series has artistic merit because some of the parts in the books have a childlike sense to them and they’re full of fantasy which draws readers in. Also, people can relate to multiple characters and have a greater connection to the books. I think J.K. Rowling purposefully made these characters relatable so readers can have a good relation to the books. For example, Hermione is mostly the smart, brave, bookish character so some people who are like Hermione can relate to her and understand her ideas and the ideas of others in the story. I feel like J.K. Rowling made the characters seem like real people and not just one-sided book characters. They have a story and have traits like a real and natural human being which lets her audience can associate better with the stories.

    J.K. Rowling came up with the idea for Harry Potter by being delayed on a train traveling to King’s Cross Station. King’s Cross is the train station in Harry Potter that lets Harry get to the train for Hogwarts. So, that is one of the real life elements in the books. The first few books seem for children more than the last few because the series gets progressively darker as they go on. When J.K. Rowling tried getting her book published, someone who was a part of the group wanting to publish her book showed the first three chapters to his eight-year-old daughter. She said she wanted to read the rest of the book. This shows that children can read the books and understand it just as much as adults. The Harry Potter books mean a lot to me because they are fantastic, people of all ages can read them, they have so much symbolism in them, and they have many meanings in them.