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Imagery

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I checked in at the Booking Through Thursday blog, which is the host for a weekly book meme or blogging prompt. Here is this week’s prompt:

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?

Although I don’t like overly descriptive books, my mind does paint a picture of the background, the setting, and the period details as the story unfolds. Some readers would go as far as casting the characters with real-life actors and actresses. I settle for the silhouette. Facial features don’t really matter unless there is something by which I have to remember the character, like Scarface. If you have read Agatha Christie, you will know she gives physical details of people and places alike to pique readers’ interest but not completely give away. I like to use my imagination to bring the setting and characters alive as I read on.What I appreciate most is the period detail that might affect the characters’ actions.

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