You become what you read. You write what you are. Is it really so? My thoughts are quite reluctant to agree with it. In fact, they, my thoughts, are red-blooded to hit the trial box of courtroom to justify themselves. So, the subject in question is ‘Does what we read shape us? And what we write reflects us?’ Let the trial process begin.
There had been times when I splurged my time on romantics. Yeah, I used to be a die-hard romantic. I still am but other stronger feelings and emotions have taken precedence over it, the romance. So, well, with the genre of romance, one of the most common names that run across one’s mind is of Nicholas Sparks. If you have read his work, you probably couldn’t disagree with me. ‘A walk to remember’, ‘The Notebook’, ‘The Wedding’, all had been amazing. Okay, I mentioned only these names as my pocket and time could allow only these many at that time. I still remember having happy tears by the end of ‘The Wedding’. At least, Sparks knows how a man should love. (Guys, learn something from him – A desultory advice.)
So does that mean reading him has made me fall in love with love? As per my memory, those were the last few romance genre’s books that I read. This I am talking about around 2015 or 2014. And after that I have not touched a lovey-dovey till date. My calendar shows this time of year as 2017. So, on the contrary after reading romance, I have been maintaining a safer distance from romance, an unintended maintenance of distance though.
Suspense, murders, thriller, crime have been more intriguing for some time. Does that mean I am going to turn into a psychotic serial killer or a virtuoso investigator or maybe a skilled deceased (this one is absurd, I know) or how about a diplomatic witness of the crime? Such things might seem tempting to kids. But I am an adult now, and I know, at least for me, I am going to turn into anything but them.
But how come this transition from romance to thriller? Answer is simple. Change, maybe. Appetite for variety, another maybe. There is no specific reason that I can state why I love dark genres (I am yet to delve deep into many untouched categories of darkness), but they demand my attention just like blood demands a vampire’s. So, I don’t believe what we read in ‘Fiction’ genre can shape us but ‘Non-Fiction’ – Yes, it has a tendency to mould you, your thoughts, you can even experience a paradigm shift. Such power it has as it is based on facts, unlike figmented fiction. What non-fiction states is poured out of reality, is out of the real living world, nothing sort of cold vampires falling in love with a warm human, or a fictional wife savaging over her fictional husband. Whatever you read has the backing of facts. So, choose wisely when heading towards a non-fictional journey.
But. There is always a ‘but’. In my case, quite a lot of butS. Anyhow, reading a fiction can mould you too. Not you as person, but as a writer. The quality of stuff you read is the kind of quality you are preparing yourself to bring into your work.
Moral would be – While story of a fiction can swell a sponge with water which is momentary, the narration and style of writing of same story can affect your own writing greatly. And non-fiction is something that can turn a rectangle into a circle, forever. So, Be Cautious!
But we are left with another subjected question. Aren’t we? Yes, we are. Okay, we know we have crossed the limit of 600 words way back, and now heading towards crossing 750, but what we started has to be marked with a consummated ending. Avouching such dreaded faces, we can excuse you for next four days, after which we, the thoughts of the writer, will be back in the trial box accounting for another debatable affair ‘Does what we write reflect us?’
“The court is adjourned until next time”, declares a discreet judge.
Not a very realistic courtroom. But I never said that this will be a real one, at the first place.
PS – The idea of courtroom might have got inspired from the book I am currently reading, ‘The Client’ by John Grisham. Probably because ‘What we read affects us.’
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