How good is your book memory? Mine sucks. Even (especially) my co-blogger has told me so, after the numerous bookish discussions we have had when she mentions a quote or a character I have no recollection of. And it’s true; I can finish a book and the day after struggle to remember any of the names of the characters.
I’ve always been a very visual learner, and I think that is why I like reading and watching TV/movies so much. But, I also read fast. My memory isn’t all that great to begin with, and adding in hundreds of articles, books, shows, movies, songs, etc. a year doesn’t help much.
When I went to see Mockingjay Part Two with my friend I could not, for the life of me, remember Gale’s (Liam Hemsworth) name. I had actually convinced myself his name in the movie was Liam and thought, “Wow, what a coincidence he got to play a character who has his same real name.” Even the minor characters in my favorite series are totally forgotten. I’ve actually made it halfway through two books before I realized I had read them before.
Anyways. I’ve also noticed that I used to be able to listen to music, have the TV on, and have loud conversations going on around me and still be able to completely focus. Now, I have to either have complete silence or low music to be able to focus and read or I can’t take anything in, leading to me not remembering what I just read.
If I go to the trouble of either rereading the information, or making a specific effort to picture a scene in depth, I tend to have better luck being able to recall something later. I can remember, maybe even draw you a picture of, the setting in a book but won’t be able to tell you the character’s names, which definitely backs up my visual learning theory.
I really do wish I could remember the smaller details though-hell, even some main plot points escape me-because it’s kind of sad that these books I’ve enjoyed are forgotten so easily by me.
Could my poor book memory be due to the sheer amount of media we are taking in, age, attention span, or a crap memory in general?