Okay, so you’re reading your current book. And the author describes what the characters are eating. It might not be something you would normally be interested in, it might even be something you dislike. But the author is describing it so well, that suddenly you get hungry and it sounds like the best thing ever invented.
Or a character is a really good weaver/knitter/blacksmith/sculptor/jewelry maker/whatever, and after reading the book, you suddenly want to try doing that skill too.
Maybe it’s an outfit that you would never have considered wearing (or something you’d never heard of before). Maybe it’s a place that just sounds so interesting that you suddenly want to visit there one day.
An animal that you connect with so much, you want to own one as a pet. At least until the end of the book, or something in a book down the line grabs you that much and you’re on to the next thing.
Have you ever actually tried whatever it was that the book evoked? I’ve cooked things before after reading about them in books. Most of the time, it never ends up being as tasty as I imagined it would be after reading the passages.
I’ve also gotten so sucked into books where one of the characters knew how to fight, or took up marshal arts, or was in training to be a warrior/assassin/similar, that it sounded like something I wanted to try myself. And then the book ended and I remembered just how much I hate exercise. And how unlikely I would be to actually stick with that kind of class.
I was reading a book the other day where this girl gets bitten by a werewolf, and turns into one herself. One of the characters in the book was telling her that one of the perks was the metabolism. They had to eat enough food to feed 4-6 teenage boys, 3 times a day! Otherwise they started losing weight and losing control of their wolves. And my thought was something like: What a great weight-loss idea! Go lycanthrope, lose weight without even trying! And then I thought about how many cons were part of that deal. *laughs*
What are some of the things a book has made YOU want to try? Have you tried it? Did it work out well, or disastrously?