Although the thread title refers to books, I’m also interested in whether screenwriters, writers for television shows, or any other person involved in crafting a story ever gets bored with reading/watching someone else’s work.
The closest thing in my mind to this situation is that of a magician at a magic show. The magician knows all the tricks of sleight of hand, misdirection, palming, ringers in the audience, etc., so I cannot imagine that a magician could enjoy such a show. Were I a magician, I’m not sure if I could “turn it off”.
I’ve read Stephen King’s On Writing, and his advice is to read, and read frequently. He also mentioned that he still reads voraciously. I just can’t understand how he, after writing so many novels, could still get anything out of other people’s stories. It seems that knowing all of the “tricks” that writers use to engage the audience would interfere with his reading the book for what it is.
Please forgive my ignorance of the writer’s craft. But I’m really interested in how you keep your interest when reading others’ works.