When a book contains a lot of characters or jargon, we can feel turned off. I'll admit it. Sometimes, if a friend tells me so and so book is too complicated, I might give it a pass. Recently, I picked up an old game called Final Fantasy V. These days, with the internet, there are wikis on books, games and whatever else. It's impossible to get lost. However, to challenge myself, I chose not to use the internet while playing FFV. Instead, I did things the old way. Drawing maps and jotting down notes with pen and paper. The effort is rewarding, and that led me to think, I could do the same when reading novels. I'm not one of those outstanding readers who can memorize thirty character names. In that case, perhaps I can just write them down and refer to them as needed. Just the process of writing down information helps me remember them. I feel more engaged to the lore by doing these things. Maybe that's the way these books were meant to be handled, or perhaps I'm giving those authors too much credit. I'd love to hear some opinions on this. Thanks .