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Have You Ever Read A Book? [Guest Post]

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Aayush. Thanks, Aayush!

If you have, you will probably be able to relate to what I’m going to be talking about here.

There are books that lure you into them and refuse to let go. They drag you into their world, show you the wonders that are there, the characters that you begin to love, the adventures taking place and the villains that threaten to destroy everything. They cling on to you, trap you, and keep you in their world, until suddenly, they don’t. The books end, and that world ends with them.

When we talk of spells, we often consider them a figment of fiction. We fail to see them all around us. These books that bring tears to our eyes, the ones that elicit laughter, the ones that motivate us, and the ones that excite. How could a bunch of sheets with markings on them wield so much control over our emotions? How could events that have not happened, characters that have not lived, become so dear to us? Certainly, there could be no greater spell than one which creates a world.

Writing a story is, to me, a sacred act. It involves creating your own world, where everything is under your control, and you direct the events taking place. You decide the flavors of romance, adventure, mystery, that are to be added. You mix the tragedy and the comedy in the cauldron, then pour a little depth to the characters- show their past, show their thoughts, show their regrets. And then, after eons of arduous churning and meticulous care, you create a story.

The worst thing someone can say when you’re reeling from the loss of a loved character is “It’s not real.”

And the reason this attempt at consolation is so infuriating is because it’s false. The world created by the writer is just as real as ours is, and the characters were people that we knew personally. The story is not merely scribbles on a paper, but something greater, something more permanent. It is the creation of a universe as imagined by someone, trapped in the confines of the words that the writer has penned. There is life in those pages, a portal that you flip through to glance into that peculiar world.

Many people think that books are an escape from reality. I do not agree. A story is not of leaving the current reality as much as it is exploration of new ones. You’re not merely a reader, my friend; you’re an explorer of worlds.

About Aayush

I’m Aayush, 16 years old and still stuck in school. I love to write about stuff cause it’s a really cool way of expressing your opinions. It’s practically the only way you can talk about something without being interrupted or having to repeat yourself. I can never restrict myself to writing about just one thing, because there’s so much going on and so many interesting things. And anyway, who would like to read about only one topic all the time? That’d be so boring and monotonous. (I just used a big word to sound cool. Don’t act like you don’t do it too.)

I love to write about juicy,  controversial topics,  such as taxationdrugsreservationsLGBT rights,  and so on.

If you’re interested in milder topics, you can check out my posts on fitnessfriendshipimaginationcommunication, and motivation.

Regardless of what you enjoy, you should check out my blog because

A) It has interesting things you might enjoy reading and
B) I really want more views and likes.

You can find me procrastinating on Facebook or reach out to me through emails on aayushthereader [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Author:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

10 thoughts on “Have You Ever Read A Book? [Guest Post]

  1. I have always considered books as escapism into a fictional world, and I do remember having an epiphany of sorts regarding books: For the characters, their story and their world is real, much as our lives are real to us. They are not fictional to themselves.

    1. That’s an interesting way of looking at it. But, yeah. As a reader, you want the characters to be real and they pretty are. As a writer, they are most certainly real to you.

  2. Sometimes imaginary worlds and fantasy worlds seem so real when we read them, that when we are interrupted from reading them for a while, we come up blinking in the sunshine of what is real. There have been times when I had regrets at having to leave the “better” world when the book was over and I had to return to reality. THAT is good fantasy writing.

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