I grew up not really grokking literary analysis. It’s just not something that I was able to grasp myself. I was able to handle processing other’s analysis and found myself nodding along, but I never was able to do it myself.
Being on the other end of the novel is giving me a new appreciation of what it takes to write a book. I can see what some of the plot devices and character development does in a novel a lot more now.
Ya know, everyone should write a novel or something. It really builds more appreciation for how hard it is to write a cohesive book. It’s helping me be better at reading them too!