I think I told everyone before how much of a big re-reader I am. There are reasons why I opt re-reading instead of picking up new books/manga to read. I even said that I also now consider the re-reading value of the titles I read on how rate it books (or manga…sometimes). Because sometimes when I exhaust myself with reading new titles (mediocre ones, unfortunately it happens a lot) I always rely to my favorites to let’s say revitalize my waning interest. It sometimes amazes me how much I can read this story over and over again. Like for instant, Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura; I’ve read it more than what I can count on my fingers—of both hands! No, seriously, I read it far too much that a question lingered while I try ransacking my thoughts—how much can I reread it?
So how much is too much? Can I get tired of rereading the same story? I read it far too much to have even memorized some of the dialogues and yet when the going gets tough (like slump, that’s toughest y’all) I cling to my faves like a lifeline. It’s simultaneously amazing and strange to be so fixated on that story. It’s kinda powerful to have that connection to it that you don’t mind reliving it again and again.
Although granted I don’t re-read in succession. After many months, maybe I’ll go and reread it. I don’t read it after I just well, re-read it. It takes a while before I pick it up and think that “maybe it’s the right time to read it again.” Even though I have 1236926993095323 books/manga on my stash ready for some lovin, I still am gravitating like a moth to flame to my favorites. Somehow it’s startling how immersed I am with this certain story. Mind you, my favorites aren’t exactly the Nobel Prize in literature kinds of stories. But man, do I love them. I am fiercely in love with them.
That being said, not all faves are worth re-reading. I also have contrasting thought that nothing still beats reading the book the first time you do. I mean, reading a story for the first time: all the emotions—excitement, getting to know the characters, diving to the unknown. The thrill just plunging to a story you have no idea how will go (well, except the predictable). And that for me is a great deal in itself and that’s why I never cease to look for new reads. Yet, rereading is something I’ve always been so passionate about.
If reading the first time is like meeting a new lover, I guess rereading is to know more about the person. There are something to be said about unearthing new things beyond the first impression. At least that’s how I think of it. Both new & reread are good. But question remains after all my inexplicit ramblings above: how much can I read the same story? Based on my personality who sticks to what I love the most; indefinite. But really, how much is too much rereading? One, two, three…50? Is there really a story you will never get sick of no matter what? Maybe. Maybe not.
How about you? How much do you think you can read the same book/story? Share your thoughts with me!