Okay, since I can’t seem to get a handle on what I want to do on Mondays for this blog (I’m so sorry, please continue to bear with me), this week I’m trying something new yet again. We’ve all had those books that rip us completely to shreds, yet we can’t help but love them, so this week please enjoy the 10 stages of what it’s like to come full circle with a book that’s torn you apart.
We’ve all been there. Don’t lie.
1. STARTING OUT WITH THIS A COULD BE GOOD
That first stage when you start a book you hope will be good, trying not to focus on all the rage surrounding it in case you end up disappointed. We’ll just see how it goes. No commitments yet.
2. YOU START GETTING INTO IT
Okay, you’ve entered stage two. You’ve started. You’ve read a good chunk. And you’re loving it so far. Yea, this is going to be great.
3. THEN IT STARTS TO GET REALLY GOOD
Stage three. You’re starting to throw you’re hands in the air because, oh god, it’s getting so good. You hope this feeling continues to last.
4. YOU’RE STARTING TO FALL IN LOVE
You’ve reached staged four. You’re convinced you’ve found your one true love and never want the book to end. You have hearts bulging from your eyes. It’s way too late to turn back.
5. YOU’RE NOW FULLY INVESTED IN THE CHARACTERS
Stage Five: You’ve fallen in love with the characters, but things are starting to go downhill for them. You don’t know what to do. You panic. You might pass out. Who knows. Take a deep breath. Things are going to get worse.
6. THIS IS NOT GOING TO END WELL
Stage six is a hard one to grapple with. You’ve invested. You’ve loved. You’re reaching the end of the rising action and the climax is right around the corner. You know there’s a good chance bad things are going to happen to your beloved characters. If you didn’t pass out before, you may very well now.
You’ve reached the end. You’ve cried so many tears that you’ve dried out. You try to continue on with life as normal, but you know you’ll never be the same. You’re trying to cope, but you’re not doing a very good job. However, this stage won’t last, and stage eight is right around the corner.
8. YOU’RE ANGRY
YOU INVESTED SO MUCH INTO THESE CHARACTERS AND NOW ALL YOU GET TO BE IS SAD. ALL YOU WANTED IS FOR THEM TO BE HAPPY, AND ALL THEY GET TO BE IS DEAD (this is typically the case). THIS IS NOT FAIR. YOU WANT TO SCREAM. YOU CAN’T BELIEVE THIS. You’ve reached stage 8 friend. You don’t know what to do. You want to throw the book out the window or punch the author in the face – both are currently viable options.
9. CRYING FOR DAYS
You’ve, reluctantly, moved out of the anger stage, and have made stage nine your current home. You’ve gotten all the anger out, you’ve gotten all tears out, now there’s nothing left to do but be sad for a few days, or a week, or however long it takes you to cope with what you’ve been through. The final stage before acceptance.
YOU DID IT. YOU’VE MADE IT THROUGH ALL TEN STAGES. TIME TO CELEBRATE. It was a wild ride, but you’ve found a new favorite book and you can’t help but to be excited. This stage is when it’s time to recommend this book to all your friends, so they can suffer through everything you just went through and come out of this pit of despair with a new favorite book at the end, just like you!
There you have it. You’ve made it through the 10 stages of what it’s like to read a book that you love but has also torn you to pieces. It was a pretty wild ride, but we did it. Now, time to move on to the next book and repeat the process.
Hope you enjoyed this Monday’s post! Can you relate to this at all?
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