Remedy for Character Amnesia
May 22, 2013
Keeping abreast of numerous and continuously-appearing characters in a book can be challenging. This task is particularly arduous when multiple storylines converge as the story advances. Some authors include a character list in the front (or back) of the book providing short, but informative, introductions to each alpha-ordered character. This can be somewhat helpful.
Customarily, however, I connect with a character as s/he enters the story, so bookmarking and labeling a character’s primary appearance benefits my recollection. The procedure is efficient on my 2011 model, gray-colored kindle.
Here is the process: When a new character arrives in the story, I bookmark the page and highlight the name. The Kindle allows me to access and "View Notes & Marks" from the menu, so when I am foggy on character details from previous pages, I return to my created highlights and look for that person’s name. After reading the name in context on the bookmarked page, I continue with a recollection upgrade.
Fast and helpful recall tools, "Notes & Marks" are neatly ordered by page number and location number. Plus, each is clearly marked "Your Bookmark" or "Your Highlight."
Because I have the Kindle app on other devices, any bookmarks or highlights created on my Kindle device automatically appear (within the book) on all the others and vice versa. Through Amazonian magic, they persist as permanent tools (unless I delete them) for all future revisits to the book.
In a character-rich book, bookmarking and highlighting make keeping track stress-free. Please try this technique and post a comment on how it worked for you. Thank you and have a quality day!
South Independence Branch