“Look, an image is there in front of you. Right? You stare at it but then you can look away and it’s gone,” she said. “Words aren’t like that. They build an entire world around you. It’s not something you look at, it’s something you’re inside. That makes it scarier.”

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

Why books are scarier than movies

“Darling, I think you would have turned out the same—just as lovably hard-boiled, driven, and obstinate as you are right now.”

Lucie wanted to smack him and kiss him, for being so observant, for picking the very qualities about her that she admired yet worried that others found off-putting.

Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho

The words you want to hear

Would my book, my words, be different if I were a murderer, for example?” Cain asks carefully. I think about it for a moment. “Words have meaning. I suppose who the author is, what he’s done might change that meaning.”

“Isn’t meaning more to do with the reader?”

“No…a story is about leading a reader to meaning. The revelation is theirs, but we show them the way. I suppose the morality of the writer influences whether you can trust what they are showing you.”

“Even if you don’t know what they’ve done?”

“Especially if you don’t know. If you are aware, then you can account for it in your interpretation of the work. Is it a manipulation, a defence? Is it an expression of guilt?”

The Woman In The Library by Sulari Gentill

Making meaning