Discussion: How Do You Imagine Scenes From Books?

Have you ever had a super clear image of how something or someone looks in a book? I’m just now realising… how strange that is.

This might not make any sense. But the other day I challenged myself to rearrange some of the furniture in my mental layout of Hogwarts and I just hit a blank. There are four beds in a semi circle around a fire in Harry’s room and you can’t convince me (I can’t convince myself) otherwise. But other people will undeniably have a totally different image in their head. That’s baffling – and pretty cool.

It’s the same thing with characters. One of the biggest reasons that fans dislike book adaptations is because the actors don’t match with the characters in their head. But it’s the strangest thing to talk to fellow readers about what they think a character looks like and get totally different descriptions. All from the same words.

And I think that that’s pretty amazing! You can tell that a book has really strong imagery and character building when you can picture them in your mind. Rereading definitely helps reinforce your perception of a world – part of the reason why Hogwarts will never get an interior design renovation in my head. Do you think it would change with your age, on a reread? I wonder what other things influences how you perceive a world? Acquaintances; things you’re attracted to; maybe characteristics that you yourself have that you’d want the character to have (or avoid). I think the order you read the book and watch the adaptation would definitely play a part. What do you think? Have you ever totally changed your interpretation of a character or a world after watching it? ( I feel like you can never go back…). Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a teenager (and a Hufflepuff) from Manchester. I like oversized jumpers, music that isn't on the radio anymore and books. Pretty much any book I can get my hands on but my favourites are Young Adult, fantasy and science fiction. One day, I decided to share some of my opinions on some great - and not so great - books to people around the world. And here it is! I really enjoy it and I hope you do too. The aim is hundreds and thousands of book reviews (see what I did there?) but I’m not quite up to that. Yet.

12 thoughts on “Discussion: How Do You Imagine Scenes From Books?

    1. Haha yeah! I find that I really only reread books if I really enjoyed them so I mostly remember what happens (like how I can never reread a mystery or crime book because I know the answer…). What about you?

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      1. There are some books I love, but don’t remember much. 2021 is the first year I actually reread two series- Narnia and Percy Jackson.

        The reason why I am rereading Percy Jackson and the Olympians is to prepare me for Heroes of Olympus, a series I still haven’t read

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