re-reading books on her blog "This Itch of Writing" http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/atom.xml and I mentioned this re-reading of books to someone I know at one of our local libraries.
Her reaction was one of amazement. "Oh, I never read something I have already read. That would be a dreadful waste of time."
"Have you ever watched the same film twice?" I asked.
"Oh yes - but that's different. There's so much more to a film."
"And listened to the same music?"
"Well of course. Don't be silly Cat. Books are different. They're just words."
I looked at her.
"Oh come on Cat! It's easy to write a book - well, not easy perhaps but easier to write a book than make a film or do music. I mean, you just have to sit down and write. You just do it on a computer and edit it and send it off and someone else does all the other bits - you know printing it and stuff. Try making a film and there are masses of people involved and all sorts of things to sort out and music performers have to do yonks and yonks of practice and then get together and, if they record it, there are all sorts of sound technicians and things like that. Writing isn't like that. These days you edit it all on the computer and just have to hand it over. I mean, it's all done. That's why it isn't worth re-reading anything. There's no real work in it."
Oh. I see. Writers do not work. They play.
I would have been less concerned but this person was being absolutely serious - and she works at the library.