We all have our favorites. Whether you’re a bookworm or not, there will always be that certain book or story that you’ll never forget.
My personal faves are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. They’re all classics! And obviously, based on the title, I have reread those books.
You may ask why. Well, they’re my favorites! Why not? I mean, isn’t it the reason why some things become our favorites – ‘coz no matter how many times we do it or try it, we don’t get tired of it, we never get enough of it.
And so, I’m just gonna share what I realized from rereading my books.
First, it’s really hard to move on – coz usually the reason why I end up rereading my books is that I get caught up by the story. I get so attached to the characters, to the point that I feel like I know them very well – just like how we get attached to real people when we get to know them. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say it’s hard to let go when it comes to things like these. Because the stories we read becomes a part of us and so, letting go of it is like leaving a part of us behind.
Second, it’s always the safe choice. It’s like when you’re trying out a new café and you’ll always go for a classic chocolate coz you’re sure that no matter what, chocolate is chocolate. I don’t know about you but that definitely goes for me.
It also gives comfort. You know the kind of comfort you get from hearing, out of nowhere, an old tune that maybe your Dad used to play when you were little. That kind of comfort! Well, this actually brings me to my next point.
It feels good going back to an old familiar feeling. It’s just like going home. Like being with the people you’re most comfortable with. We all wanna try something new and take risks but, at the end of the day, it’s always nice to go back to what’s familiar to us – it may be your bed, or your friends, or your family. And besides, we realize how far we’ve gone only when we look back and see where we started. On a simpler note, it’s like when you finally decided to try a new drink from that café but then your favorite chocolate drink will always be your go-to on tough days.
Most of all, books change just as we change. This one’s kinda ironic from what I wrote above but I believe we never get to read the same story ever again. An old book will always have something new in store for us because we can never unread what we read and so knowing how a book ends or knowing the characters better would give us a different perspective of the story.
For instance, if you knew that the main character of the book you’re reading would die because of another character, then maybe you’ll look more closely on their interactions and conversations. Or maybe you’ll even try to understand the story from that character’s point of view. Because reading is a subjective experience.
When a person who’s in love reads a romantic sonnet, he will start thinking about the person he loves and that will make him happy because his present experience makes him relate to it. On the other hand, if that same sonnet was read by someone who’s recently been heartbroken, he will start to think about the same thing but will feel different because this time, the person longs for the feeling.
What I’m trying to say is that the way we think affects the story and so if we think differently, it becomes a different story. Try rereading your favorite fairytale when you were little and hopefully, you’ll get what I mean here.
However much have been said, maybe you still think it’s a funny thing to read the same story twice but I get it, I thought so, too, before. But then, now, I don’t think I’ll ever stop rereading my favorites once in a while.