Perhaps this is a strange discussion asked on a site for writers, but...

Are questions that are asked from the reader's perspective on-topic?

Example excerpt:

I've just read Is it better to slowly introduce a character's looks rather than describing it all in one paragraph? and its answers. As a visual person, I often try to imagine the story visually, like creating a comic/animation inside my head. I often had trouble when imagining a scene if the person lacks the detail of the appearance (and sometimes also the personality, depending on the situation). Are there some hints to make the visualization goes smoothly/not often interrupted due to the lack of details?

(The example might not be a good question due to probably being opinion-based/too broad, but the concept is there)

I think the closest discussion that talks about "reader" is "Readers" and "audience" tags, which is talking about the readers and audience, but still from the writer's perspective.

  • I'm not sure I understand your example question. Is it correct that you ask how as a reader you can better visualize what you read? Then that question would be off topic, in my opinion.
    – user55858
    May 28, 2023 at 20:38
  • @user52445 yes, you interpret it correctly. Please post it as an answer so that the community can vote it accordingly, preferably with clear arguments :)
    – Andrew T.
    May 29, 2023 at 8:58

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I'm struggling to see how the given example would be on-topic, I can think of "reader" questions that would be on on topic in so far as it being in service of Writing e.g. questions around reading in order to analyse/learn from the writing in it, or questions around being a beta-reader for a writer.

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