On a two-leg flight recently, I decided to make note of what other passengers near me were reading. On the first leg, my row mate was reading CATCHING FIRE, book two of The Hunger Games trilogy. Good choice! (I later cringed when she folded the page to mark her place.) The couple across the aisle weren’t reading anything.
More readers were on the second flight: My row mate was reading LONE SURVIVOR, a military memoir. The man across the aisle was engrossed in STRATEGY FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION, a book about business models. His female row mate was reading MOCKINGJAY, book three in the Hunger Games trilogy. Good choice!
Lastly, the man catty-cornered to me was reading a magazine article entitled, “Perils of Panflation.” (Me either. I looked it up just now: it refers to global up-sizing and super-sizing things like clothing and food.)
To summarize, we have:
Two Young Adult novels by the same author
One business book
One magazine dealing with global economy
In my strictly unscientific analysis, the women apparently preferred losing themselves in a good novel. In this case, a dark, troubling—and extraordinary—make-believe world. The men apparently preferred reading about true acts of heroism and bravery during war; viewpoints on the world economy; and developing and maintaining a successful business. (Details from a sometimes dark, troubling—and extraordinary—real world.)
What are the larger implications? No idea. But it was fun being a stealthy observer—a literary Harriet-the-Spy, if you will—surreptitiously gleaning titles and writing them down in my handy little notebook. Once my mission was accomplished, I settled in with my copy of Writer’s Digest.
Hmm… I wonder what that says about me?