Join me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
What unimportant elements draw you to a book?
I think we all have things that draw us to certain books – the author, narrator (for us audio junkies), rave reviews, heck even a great cover can pull you in. But I realized recently that there are a few things that really seem so small and yet, I will pick up a book for them anytime. It made me wonder, what small, unimportant elements might pull others to books.
Here are some of the things that pull me in:
- Pets! I am a sucker for animals, especially dogs, but any pet. If you tell me that this book had a really sweet relationship between guy and dog, I’m sold. I’m already thinking how much I will probably like that character and it pulls me in. The animal doesn’t need a significant role, to be the main focus of the book, or to have any supernatural qualities. They can quite literally just be the dumb cat next door that our hero can’t help but feed and I want to read the book.
- Location. I read a series years ago that took place in Arlington, where I was living at the time. It was the coolest thing – I could drive down the streets my characters were in. I did drive by the hospital mentioned on a regular basis. So now, I’m always on the lookout for books that take place in an area I know well. I want that heightened experience that comes from familiarity.
- Main Character’s Job. This has had different impacts on me, depending on my point in life. Early last year I read a book where the main character was a kindergarten teacher… like me. Well I was having a hell of a time and I hated every mention of her job. I needed to escape kinderland and having it in my books was too much. But around January my mood towards teaching Kindergarten changed. I started loving my job, despite frustration. These days, if you tell me the main character is a kinder teacher, I want to read it. Even if that job isn’t in the book more than 10% of the time. It draws me to the character.
- Main Character’s appearance. I read books all the time filled with gorgeous people. And I love them. They’re great. But gah, they do not feel real or relateable. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t live in a world filled with gorgeous people. I don’t know anyone that is necessarily unattractive, but they are real. With flaws. So when I find a book where the main character or her sidekick or whoever is a bit plus sized, a bad dresser, zit faced, etc – I’m drawn to it. I like that the author bothered to make them real and still good people, with love lives, success, and friends. Because I think that’s a message that needs to be sent – in fact, I sometimes feel it should be coupled in with diversity in general (but that’s another post for another day).
That’s my list! So…Are there any seemingly unimportant details that draw you to books?Berls wants to know... what unimportant details draw you to books? Click To Tweet