When you're in that rare mood to read, and you find yourself going back and forth those endless shelves at either Borders or MPH, or Kinokuniya how do you do it? I mean, yeah, how do you pick out a novel, decide on it, and triumphantly make it to the cashier?
Does it depend on:-
1. the title?
Me: Yes. I won't go near anything that spoils my imagination like We're NOT Meant To Be. (Duhh!)
Me: These days I cover my eyes passing through those with the word 'Shopaholic'. (No offence)
Me: I'm so easily attracted to the ones in the form of a question like Will You Be There?
2. the design of the cover?
Me: Ideally no, but for me Yes. I find that my eyes skip those with stick men or real photos or real men, or real women for that matter because they influence my own already wild imaginations of how the characters should look like. I prefer either a blurry real photo of say a pair of hands, or somebody from behind, or better, something i cant even define.
3. the synopsis?
Me: Do you even read the synopsis? Well i do, i mean, how else would you decide but lately i notice that i've avoided doing even that. I find that some synopsis spoils the thrill of reading or worse, it doesn't even do justice to the story.
4. the author?
Me: I try not to. I don't wanna be stuck on one author and miss out on the others. Sometimes I get tired of how stereotypical they can be. But of course i do have favourites.
5. the price?
Me: Nope. (My theory: One only brings himself to enter a bookstore when one is ready to do a little rare spending)
6. the similarities between the fiction and your reality?
Me: Naah. Haven't found one anyway.
7. the first page of the first chapter?
Me: Yes oh yes! I believe that's where i can tell whether or not the novel is my kind of novel. If i like the first page, i'd like the rest of it. If i get nauseas, i'd drop it. This one here is the defining factor ladies and gentlemen. If the book is wrapped, i'd either tear it, or i'll just forget about tearing it because there are cameras everywhere and so eventually i'll forget about the novel too. I'm not a risk-taker when it comes to novels, no way.
So, if a novel has it all, i'll run to the cashier with a copy in my hand. That will be my lucky day. But if i find only 1/7 that's when i'll be going back and forth the whole bookstore looking for that one perfect book, until that perfect book finds me, or so they say.
I know two of which have just found me. Now if you excuse me...