You know those parts of books that provide the setting, the passages that go into detail about where things are in a room, or where buildings and streets are in a city. Even though they're great for putting things into place in your mind, I find my mind not sticking with those descriptions as I keep reading. I mean, even though they told me on page 52 that "John walks this direction to go to work," in my mind I still picture his office building on the other side of the street. My mind meets resistance when I try to picture it otherwise, and kind of defaults back to my incorrect picture.
It's like when the author says "John walks into his house," I automatically picture what the house looks like. Then the author starts to describe the house in detail, but it's too late. He can't change the way I see the house, as I've already created how the details look in my mind.
What's going on there? Anyone find this familiar to their own reading experiences?