Aaron was attending a storytelling festival many years ago and he says:
All, at once, in the middle of the story, I "woke up" with a shock For a few seconds, I had completely forgotten I was sitting in a hot tent with a thousand other people. The storyteller had drawn me into the story so completely that I was aware of nothing, but the story's unfolding within my own mind.
That moment told me that the height of storytelling-- oral or written-- is when the teller becomes invisible.
As writers, I think we often find it hard to turn off our internal editors when we read.. I try to just 'enjoy" a book but often find myself thinking, "Boy, she is using too many adverbs" or "Gee, a little too much of an info dump here."
I remember noticing that I was NOT doing this during The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins was such an amazing storyteller that I never once thought about her sentence structure!
What was the last book you read where the author was invisible?