Feb 23 2012 8:18am

Reread: It’s Good for Your Personal Growth!

While offering up the Great BDB Reread, as well as the Georgette Heyer Black Moth reread, not to mention a general overview of Rereading, we came across this interesting fact about rereading and repeating experiences:

“It’s not addictive or ritualistic behavior, but rather a conscious effort to probe deeper layers of significance in the revisited material, while also reflecting on one’s own growth through the lens of the familiar book, movie or place.”

A paper in the Journal of Consumer Research goes on to clarify that “re-consumption is not merely a nostalgic attempt to retrieve the past, but rather an active search for new meaning, and one that has great emotional value.” 

So—what did you learn in the last book you reread, or the last movie you rewatched?

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1. anikon
This is so true! Thanks for posting this. But, as for the question of re-reads, I have to say that I generally re-read bits of different works more often than the whole works themselves.
Carmen Pinzon
2. bungluna
I'm a compulsive re-reader and I've learned over the years that, in my excitement over the first pass through a favorite author's latest, I sometimes miss the nuances. The second pass lets me savor the details; the 100th pass makes me so glad that there are authors capable of writing such timeless stories!
3. Janga
I am never exactly the same person who read the book the last time. Who I am and what my experiences are at the time of rereading determine what I take way from the book.
4. Lucy D.
Hey--I'm printing this out to show my husband I'm not a nutcase!! Who hoo! I'm so excited about my Nook because he doesn't know if I'm re-reading. (*he, he*) I'm with bungluna. Sometimes I am rushing through the story because I can't wait to see how it ends, and then I read again to savor it more. But sometimes I re-read to catch little happenings that I may have missed or wasn't looking for since I wasn't in the know until the end. For example, if you read a mystery and once you know who did it, if you re-read you catch their little slip ups that you didn't notice the first time.
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