I read this comment on the incredibly cool blog Underground New York Public Library, where Ourit posts photos of people reading on New York City subways. How amazing is that?!
Anyway, I found myself nodding along to what this person wrote. Yes, I thought, I do that too! Does the book a person is reading match with who I think they are as a person? Most of the time that answer is no. But then again, I don't know this person because they're a complete stranger. Maybe that kind of book is something they always read, or maybe they picked it up on a whim, or maybe the book was a gift.
The same goes with what a person writes. At one point this subject came up with two people from my class. One woman said that she was suprised at times with what kind of story someone turned in. As a small, shy girl who writes sci-fi / alternative history, I was curious if they were suprised by what I wrote. They said they were, and for some reason that didn't surprise me and also made me kind of happy. I guess I like baffling people.
Are you ever surprised by what you see a person reading? Or when you find out they wrote a story and you had a completely different person in mind?