Monday, November 26, 2012

I'm Stuck

Have you ever seen a movie, play, or read a book and wish you could rewrite the ending or even just a segment in order to better suit your interpretation?

So here's the thing. I've been mentally deliberating on something I read and the dwelling is over the use of the word "absurd".  For some reason the use just struck a nerve. I loved reading this book but this one line just didn't seem to fit - for me.

Contextually it fits and the usage is right, according to how the author meant to use it. However, it has just not been sitting well with me.

This word use has bothered me so much that my brain has been frustrated. So I thought that maybe if I substituted the word with the one I would select, then maybe I would feel better.

I know this isn't a 'choose your own adventure' kind of reading material, but I'm going to do it anyway.

The line that's bothering me is from the book Still Me by Christopher Reeve, which reads, "Life is more unpredictable - and even more absurd - than any of us can imagine."

I want to switch the word "absurd" with "incongruous". Feel free to voice your opinions.

1 comment:

  1. I was just informed personally by a reader that they whole heartedly disagree with me. Good! I need to hear this. The argument is that incongruous suggests that you are comparing your life to something or someone else's. By this alone absurd is the better word.

    How does this change my interpretation? I'm still unsettled on either word really. I'm not sure why. Could this be suppressed something or another? Could be. Regardless, it leaves me unsettled.