No, I'm not wearing a prairie skirt and bonnet. Perhaps my hair would look better with a covering but I don't happen to have a sunbonnet handy!
Have you ever become so immersed in a book, you become one with a character and suffer, rejoice and even shiver in the cold, in sympathy with them? I remember when I was a kid and was reading "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, I became so immersed in the trials of the town who were suffering from blizzard after blizzard, that when I finished the book and went outside to do chores, I was astonished to discover that it was a blazing hot summer day!
I've been cranky when the heroine of a book is being misunderstood. I've been giddy when reading a silly book like (dare I confess) Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I get in a cooking mood while reading Diane Mott Davidson's culinary mysteries. And the China Bayles mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert makes me want to plant an herb garden and I actually have begun to add more native plants to my flower beds.
I guess that's why I don't like true crime mysteries or 'disease' biographies. I identify with the characters too much and become sad, fearful and afraid, depending on the outcome of the book!
In fact, give me a happy ending! I'm reading to escape the world. If I happen to learn something along the way, terrific; but really, my goal is to be entertained. If I want reality, I'll watch the terrible television. And I don't. So I don't.
I'll leave you with this song from that corny '80s movie The Pirate Movie! It was silly, it was poorly acted and badly danced, but this movie was alot of fun! No blood, no guts and a Happy Ending!
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Many stories herein are subject to the faulty, and sometimes creative, memory of the blog owner and should not be taken as factual, although the names and events are real! Kind of.