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?