Do you read out loud? To your kids? To someone? Do you share stories with others?
Bryon and I occasionally get a hankering to share a literary experience together. We read the Harry Potter books together, mostly me reading and him listening, but sometimes the reverse. It became a shared experience for us. We read Elizabeth Peter’s Amelia Peabody books together. I enjoy giving the characters fun voices. I suppose listening to someone else read a book on tape is similar. There’s less laughing at goofy mistakes, but it’s still the oral/aural tradition.
Bryon and I have decided to read Terry Pratchett’s Disc World series on the commute. Pratchett’s prose trips me up a wee bit, as his sentences tend to lead one way, but wander actually another. I’ve read the books that feature Granny Weatherwax and her adventures. No surprise there. I also have enjoyed the Tiffany Aching books he’s done, where Pratchett’s sentences know exactly where they’re going. I guess that’s the difference 26 years of writing makes–from 1983, when he wrote Color of Magic to 2009.
I look forward to reading all the books as another shared experience with Bryon. I’d be happy to hear about your experiences in the oral/aural tradition.