What I Want In A Book

I want it all. Really. Especially when it comes to emotion. I want a book (and a movie) to make me feel, to make me laugh, to make me afraid, to make me care (above all, make me care). And when I write a book, I want the reader to feel all these emotions, too.

But sometimes I actually have to put a book down because the emotions are so intense. If you were a fan of the Friends TV series, you might remember this:

And then this:

I love these because that’s how I feel sometimes as I read a book. If a book is intensely scary or sad, I have to walk away. (Usually to my chocolate stash.) I’ll come back, but not until I cool down.

Little Women is one of my all time favorite books, and it’s because of the great characters (another necessity) and the emotion. I like action and a fast-moving plot, too, but for me, evoking emotion has to be number one.

What about you? What do you want in a book?

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6 Responses to What I Want In A Book

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Edie,

    Oh, now I kmow why I love your books! They’re the best balance of intense emotion and chocolate stash 🙂

  2. I’m with you. I want everything in a book too — action, adventure, magic, danger, and a healthy dose of romance.
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Bitter Bite, Elemental Assassin #14, coming on Feb. 23, 2016 …

  3. I’m with you! Everything, please 🙂

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