Is it just me, or is it hard for you to imagine book fight scenes? If it’s not, please share your strategies!!
Do you have martial arts or fencing training? What helps you imagine what’s happening?
Discussion Post: Are You Good At Picturing Fight Scenes in Books?
I can read a fighting description just like everyone else, but the trouble comes in when the moves detailed are something my brain just can’t imagine. Usually things get fuzzy around specifically named moves and weapons.
And, confession, even with a smartphone beside me at all times, I almost never look up to see what things look like. Cuz, hello, I’m busy READING.
If you’re naturally good at picturing fighting scenes in books, what makes it more vivid for you? Do you just pretend you know what’s happening?
When I’m struggling to imagine fighting scenes in books, I…
1. Try to use a movie as a reference. . If it’s a medieval type battle, I try to imagine The Princess Bride. If it’s futuristic, I plop in some light sabers (if appropriate, of course). Or, if it’s anything fantasy related, I add in some Lord of the Rings references.
2. I just let things get blurry.. Sometimes, the effort is just too great. What is happening?!? I don’t know, so I skim a bit, let things go blurry, make sure my fave characters are unscathed and just move on.
3. Focus on the strategy. I’ve come to appreciate the complicated plans behind sneak attacks and wars in books, and I’ve found that paying closer attention to that instead of the slashing and bleeding is more helpful to my enjoyment of reading.
4. Draw it out or make a mental list of where everyone is. I have not actually done this…ever, but the thought has crossed my mind as an option. I don’t care about fighting details enough to take the time, but I bet someone has at some point, right?
Is it just me or are some book fight scenes just impossible to sort out?