The written (and painted) art from my point of view
Siw Haugnes, (you may use
the pictures if identified)
I love reading. Any day without at least an hour reading, I
find miserable. My goal now, is to read every single book and cartoon
in our house. I'm not there yet. Any book I start reading should be
finished, but some books are really awfully boring to read.
In former times I used to swap the books I had read with
"new" books in second-hand stores. Curiously I never sold my cartoons.
The swapping indicates that a lot of "tidbits" are lost to me.
Worthy stories survive being read repeatedly, and I do that a
lot. What I remember best from reading a book or a painted story, is
the feeling of comfort or distaste. What the story is about, is often
more or less forgotten. Then I can read a good story over and over
again, leaving the story unpredictable each time! The problem is that
it's a lot of fantastic books out there and only a limited amount of
time - that is, if I'm going to do anything else than reading.
Fantasy, including Science Fiction and cartoons has been left
out of the company of acceptable things to read for so many years. I've
often heard that I don't read "real" stuff. I find that attitude a bit
sad, many people don't know what they miss. Todays youth are,
fortunately, less narrow-minded, while a lot of adults (over 40) have
yet to discover other viewpoints of society and history than the ones
made by "acknowledged" authors as Henrik Ibsen and Sigrid Undset.
get me wrong, I read a lot of "ordinary" novels. Actually, I read
almost anything, as long as it's available in English or Norwegian.