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A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading.

The BTT question of the week is:
How much do you visualize when you read? Do you imagine faces for the characters? Can you see the locations in your mind’s eye? Or do you just plunge ahead with the story, letting the imagery fall to the wayside?
I visualize everything all throughout the book especially the locations. I really rejoice when the author describes the settings so vividly and with ample details that you could clearly see the place, smell the odors, and hear the cacophony of sounds. 
As to the faces of the characters, I see the individual features that are described in the book but I couldn't see the face as a whole - it remains blank. I don't know why but it does. However, when it comes to dream casting, using the faces of actors or actresses, I could tell if they're close to how I picture a character.
Ayanami Faerudo


  1. Oh weird, I can't imagine reading a book filled with blank faces. I definitely agree though that I love when an Author really piles in the details.

    My BTT

  2. I enjoy playing the story out in my imagination. There to me is no point in reading if you can't imagine it...

  3. I don't tend to visualise people so much I'd describe it more as getting an impression of the person and concentrate more on their characters. That said I do like descriptions so I think it is that I'm not really a visual person... Interesting to see what everyone else thinks.

  4. I think I end up visualizing the characters more than I do the setting even if more details are provided pertaining to the setting. I'm not sure why that is.

  5. I used to visualize faces, but not so much anymore, unless the author's descriptions are vivid enough. Here's MY BTT POST

  6. Your post is fascinating to me because I usually get a very clear picture in my mind of what the characters look like--especially their faces--but I very rarely have a detailed visualization of the location or setting!

  7. Sometimes I do, not all of the time.


  8. I'm fascinated by your answer because I too usually only have a blurry impression of faces - but if the book is filmed, I can tell whether the casting was good or not ;) http://dawntreader-island2.blogspot.se/2013/09/booking-through-thursday-imagery.html

  9. Interesting answer... I agree with you on good authors really setting the scene. I like to feel like I'm right there.


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