Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Book Before Bed

My daughter reads to her son every night before bed.

He is eleven and likes mythological, fantasy, high action books. My daughter says that sometimes this desire to keep a reader going, to have each chapter end with some disaster, some catastrophe, or some life-altering event gets tiring.

This need / desire to keep the action happening at the end of the chapter leaves no place to wind down, to pause, and to give a reprieve from reading and a desire to return to it the following night.  

So she has developed the habit of stopping in the middle of the chapter.

Now that flies in the face of present-day thinking. Keep ‘em reading. Keep ‘em engaged. Keep 'em turning the page.

Nope. Lead us gently to a fantastic ending.

What say you?