So one thing that you should know about me so far is that I love reading! There are many reasons why books have become such a large part of my life so I thought I would share a little on the blog today.
When looking for new post inspiration I discovered an old assignment from my undergrad that had me talking about the influence reading has over my life. I thought that was an interesting topic so the following is a re-working of that assignment!
As I’ve grown up, I can see the influence that reading had in my childhood and how the novels I chose to read are the stories which inspire me and in which I become invested, those that I can chose to believe as reality. For me, fiction is creating a world which is so far from your own; however, you can choose to believe the characters and find solace in their minor details.
I don’t want to read about someone who is just like me, but I do want to read about someone I can relate to.
Fiction is an escape, it transports you, arouses feeling within you that can only be awakened from a sense of wanting the impossible. Wanting to live in a fictitious world, whatever it may be is not a true desire but rather one that challenges your everyday notions of what is possible and helps you to continue questioning and discovering the good and the bad that make up your own story.
Some of my favourite novels contain classic examples of literary characters in Elizabeth Bennet (Pride & Prejudice) and Anna Karenina. For me these women express two extreme sides to character and influence me through acknowledging the importance of how you treat people and how you can choose to respond to the pressures of society.
I enjoy reading these novels because of the extreme feelings they evoke in me. I feel empathy with the characters, I rejoice in their love, and I grieve at their heartache, time and time again the author takes me on the journey with them.
I say that fiction has power because it can change your perspective, influence you in ways you didn’t expect, capture your imagination and transport you to a different world all whilst you sit comfortably in your favourite chair.
Reading and writing are both important aspects in my life and I think without the ability to manipulate words, we would live in a very bland society.
Not all books are good, not everything I write makes sense, but the activity of reading and writing is a part of my life I only wish to expand.
So what am I writing now? This blog of course!
And what am I reading? I have gone back to my true literary love and have picked up, Emma by Jane Austen.
What books have challenged you, changed your perspective or just influenced you in a powerful way?