How much has literature informed your opinions, personality or perspective, /lit/? I'm curious as to how often a reading experience continues to affect you long after the act, and if a work of literature did change you, which was it?
I read a lot of non-fiction, especially on Theology and Philosophy. I usually think about what I've read and figure out if I agree or disagree. If I disagree, I try to come up with counter-arguments.
Oh, and I guess reading turned me into a theist.
>be the class clown throughout childhood
>friendly with everyone
>Chad in the making but with the intellect not to make my confidence obnoxious
>stop reading and turn emo
>begin reading again and internalize my emoness
>isolate myself from everyone
>become depressed and casually nihilistic in college
>read Ligotti, Schopenhauer, Unamuno, Houellebecq, Lovecraft, Leopardi etc
>ironic pessimism becomes sincere
>live a Bernardo Soares-esque life of wagecuckery and reading and daydreaming
>invest heavily into my imagination
>get home from work at 6:00pm, hurry to eat and lie in bed daydreaming and then allowing myself ten hours or more to live happily in dreams
>almost a lucid dreamer at this point
>lose interest in books
>practically a mute at this point
>just stare without expression at people if they say anything to me
>post multiple threads on /lit/ from the perspective of invented characters
>have such a weak notion of the "self" that I mistake these characters for my own personality
Feels so, so good man.
yes it's affected how i view the world and interact with others for the better, i think i have a lot more empathy and general understanding of emotion than if i didn't read literature
this has been particularly obvious to me through reading authors and works about experiences far from my own, writers such as thiong'o, soyinke, rushdie, morrison etc in particular
then of course there's dealing with your own place in the world and understanding of self, with writers such as beckett, proust, shakespeare, goethe etc being obvious influences here
a broader reading of humanities in general (history, philosophy etc) has also helped, but nothing has really had the same emotional etching and deep understanding that literature has provided for me - particularly in the novel form
It just have made my life more difficult. hanging out with people, all the little decisions of a day, going across the street. I just reflect to much, because at a certain time of my life I started to see every little thing as a part of a story, in which nothing is without a cause and nothing is to ignore. it makes me sick