Why Are Book Readings Boring
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I remember the first book reading I attended … it was like hearing paint dry!
The scene was set in the village, I think the lady was carrying firewood or something like that. It must have been some really good firewood because the scene just stretched on and on like a bad firewood movie.
And the authors pronunciation abi enunciation was flawlessly monotonous … if there was excitement I could not sense it, if death was coming I could not feel it and if the firewood was … you know what never mind.
My point is this …
Authors need to take the act of book reading serious. You don’t just get on a stage in front of hundreds of people, randomly open a page and start reading in your polished English diction till you feel it is time to stop.
You just don’t.
Instead days before the event, you find the pages that are most interesting, practice reading in the mirror, then read in front of friends, read till the section becomes a subconscious part of you, read it till you don’t have to see words to read, read enough to wet their appetite but not so much that it begins to bore the audience, and feel free to use your hands and expressions.
You see your goal is not to read a book but to bring a book to life! And when done right … book readings are magical experiences.
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