some of you may recall my first thread here-- i asked for suggestions on how to go about reading HoL. i have posted here and there, but not really all that much.
reading this forum presents a lot of very interesting ideas and theories and comparisons to other works of literature. some of the folks here are really digging deep.
but i can't manage to do that. i can not manage to see past the story, to take it for more than face value. when i read i was absorbed in navi's and johnny's and zampano's lives. i was thinking about the oddity of the house as a thing and a place to live, and the experiences of the people in it. i read the book for the story, neglecting to make connections to anything else. it was purely a work of scary intriguing fiction.
my question to you is this: do you think my viewing of the story as a story--rather than ideas-- has impeded my ability to analyze what is in the book, other than the obvious content? in general, do you think this is a stumbling block for all readers of all genres?
what i'm saying is... while i read it i failed to look at it as a potential topic for a literary essay or any kind of analysis. it was purely entertainment to me. had i approached it a different way, i think my understanding of the work as a whole would be much different. i'm wondering if you all think this is a possibility for this particular book, and if you think this is a general experience in all reading.
discuss. if you can even understand what i'm saying because i feel like i'm making no sense.