I’m on the fifth book in the series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin titled, A Dance with Dragons. Unlike many others who love this series, I’m not ready for the next book. I’m not impatiently waiting for its release. Instead, I’m trying to catch up. The story has many layers, many of them so blatant; they’re subtle. I need to read the first five books a few more times. Yay.
I thought studying literature ended when I finished university. Especially since my field of study had few such requirements, (Computer Science.) Now I realize it was just preparing me for a lifetime of intensive reading. I’m presently studying several epic tales simultaneously. They’re interrelated because they’ve become embedded in my life story.
The King Killer Chronicle, by Patrick Rothfuss, The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson, The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, and of course, A Song of Ice and Fire. (Only one of them is convincingly complete.) I’m astonished by the depth of insight into the human condition these novels represent.
I read to gain information, and I’m most interested in people. It’s also one of my favorite things to do when awake. I don’t often discuss what I read because I tend to get too excited (and forget to pay attention to whether or not others are interested, ((and I’m not confident in my ability to determine said interest.)) It’s easier to avoid talking about books altogether than resist oversharing at this point. 🙃
Many of the things I’m learning about human nature in these novels are disturbing. It takes little effort to find examples in real life that substantiate the behaviors expressed in the stories. I believe these amazing writers have a profound understanding of human nature. We recognize ourselves and those we know in what they write. It provides a truthful foundation for the imagined and allows us to believe, even if only for a while.
I’m coming to terms with the dark side of humanity as I read. I’m growing emotional callouses. Most of us are capable of choosing whether or not to harm others. The majority of humans don’t want to hurt anyone, (and don’t.) I call it rational behavior. I’m learning to understand how to cope with those who harm deliberately. President Gregor Clegane and his venomous cult make it necessary. I’m off to continue studying. ✌🏽