Thursday, July 18, 2013


So, here's my almost completely unfounded hypothesis from the brief conversations I've had with people about their favorite books as well as a brief explanation of the categories of books I previously listed. Explanations first.

1. Language driven books
These are books where reading them aloud is a pure joy. In these books, just about everything the author says seems poetic and you wind up fascinated at the control he or she has over making ideas seem fresh or romantic or both. This is probably not the only thing readers think about when evaluating a book, but if someone leans toward this type of book the most heavily, having beautiful language will make or break the work for them.Sometimes the book itself isn't necessarily poetic, but the author will allow certain characters to be prolific or poetic. Examples of these books can be Uncle Tom's Cabin, the works of Shakespeare; the characters are usually leaders like Dumbledore or Gandalf. People who lean towards language driven books will often go back and read, or at least really enjoy the first time the words of the sages in books they read.

2. Character driven books
In these books, a main element, sometimes the main element is how well-rounded the characters are. Many people will say they read a certain book because they love how intimate they become with the characters. The people that read these are intrigued at the relationships and moral make-up of their characters. They like to analyze why the people in the book are the way they are and predict what outcome their backgrounds allow for and devise what they could need to be happy. People who enjoy reading these books enjoy the fact that they know why these people tick and the more realistic and round these characters are, the more appealing it will be to this particular audience. Examples of these books will be things like Persuasion or Agatha Christie novels. Some well-loved-to-analyze characters are Othello's Desdamona or East of Eden's Cathy. Obviously, these characters aren't loved by everyone who leans towards these books, they're just examples of some.

3. Plot/thrill driven books
These will be exciting, edge-of-your-seat, page turners. Tom Clancy books and the Twilight series are almost completely plot/thrill driven as defined here. They're the ones that will leave you hanging and keep you going. The people that read these want to escape and find a new adventure. They will usually completely distract themselves and you may not have any real communication with them for anywhere from a couple hours to a couple days depending on how often they'll come out to breathe. A lot of these books capitalize on cliff-hangers and the people who drawn to them primarily are looking for a fun time and anything exciting.

4. Historical and informative books
I've put histories and self-help books in this section. People who read these are driven by the knowledge and often also the conversations that follow after reading these books. They love feeling like there's one more thing in the world that's now so much clearer to them and often the thought of a new world changing conversation to follow propels them through its pages. Political commentaries, and any informative thing counts.

5. Humor driven books
Haven't actually asked about this one and haven't found this as anyone's major make it or break it quality. Let me know if it's yours! May just scrap it.

Also, within each of these categories, there is room for personal preference. Edgar Allen Poe is certainly poetic, but not everyone will be comfortable with the level of apparent psychosis in his work.(I personally LOVE Edgar Allen Poe, but mostly because I think he is fascinating as a person. His characters aren't necessarily ground breaking all the time, but you can read into his psyche, which I think is really fascinating. I am thoroughly satisfied by character driven books, if you can't tell.)

Each color personality has a first motive. White is peace, red is power, blue is intimacy, and yellow is fun. My hypothesis is that for the most part, red personalities, like pure red, will be drawn towards historical and informative books. They like to know more than others or because they're power-driven, they'll find those kinds of books most helpful to their cause. I think many blues will like character driven books because of the level of intimacy they'll feel when they read it. It will fill a craving they have to be close to people. Yellow will be drawn towards plot/thrill driven because they feel like they're on a ride. And I think white will be language because of the wise words that can help them gain the peace they so desperately crave. That's my guess. I have no idea if there will really be a correlation, but we can all cross our fingers!

1 comment:

  1. I have a few things to comment on. First of all, on the hummer section. It's not a drive for me, but I did recently pick up a book called, The Diary of A Bikini Waxer. There wasn't anything 'naughty' about it. But I tell you, it was funny! I very much enjoyed it.

    I was thinking of the color coding. There are times I have to ask myself, "what am I in the mood for?" Do I want the Plot/thriller, or the Character driven ect? Just a thought.