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As a psychology major and someone whose day job regularly draws on psychological principles (I’m a behavioral therapist for children with special needs), I thought it’d be interesting to do a series of posts examining how the science of the mind might be applied to the world of literature.

To start things off, I’ll be tackling one of the biggest questions there is: just what is it that makes a story “good”? From a psychological perspective, that is.

One of the biggest factors, I’d guess, is memory…

Read on!

(Feel free to comment there or here–I’ll be watching both.)

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Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.



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Oct. 28th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
I love the connections you make between psychology and storytelling! Your point about creating memorable images is right on. The books I remember most are the ones that have almost turned into movies in my head. I like your point about book trailers and I think you might be right - it's a way of creating those memorable images before the person has even read the book.
Oct. 29th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked the post! I find it interesting that even though I'm not a very visual reader (I don't tend to "see" a story as I'm reading it), I still tend to remember favorite scenes as visuals, which says to me there's a definite connection there.
Oct. 28th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Love this! It's so true about the images making a huge impact. I thought about why I loved certain books and the ones I loved the most I have visual images to go with the scenes.

I also think it's true about the less memorable books. I've read books that are so similar that I can't remember which plot/characters went with which book.

I'm looking forward to reading more of these insights. =D
Oct. 29th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it! Next part will be up tomorrow. :)

It's amazing to me how unmemorable some books can be. There are a couple of books I've read twice only because I forgot I'd read them the first time (and didn't remember until several chapters in)! I wouldn't say they're bad books, but they obviously didn't quite work for me.
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Earth & Sky
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The Clouded Sky
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Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
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Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
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Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
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Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
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self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
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