Once I dive into these pages
I may not come out for ages.
Books have powers over me.
Inside a book I am not free.
I am a prisoner in a land
of print on paper in my hand.
But do not worry. Do not fear.
I am a happy captive here.
Captive by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
I have never been a person enamoured with that thing called adventure. If there is something exciting going on, I am usually heading in the other direction. For me adventure is ‘trying out a new restaurant’, or ‘cutting an extra inch off my hair’.
I think the technical term is ‘novelty averse’.
I am the sort of person who feels deeply emotional when hearing an anecdotal story about someone I have never even met. Homeless puppies, sagas of lost journals, can really tear me up. If there’s a spider trapped in a sink, I am the kind of person who rescues it—Ok, maybe not the spider.
Despite this I have lived a million adventures within the pages of a book, and particularly bloodthirsty adventures at that!
Yes, I should confess at this point that I possess particularly violent taste when it comes to other peoples adventures. Torture and killing is absolutely fine in the quest of a good story—the more brutal the better. Our heroes wouldn’t have a chance to shine without a few trials and obstacles in their way.
Let’s face it, a walk in the park never made a hero—unless the walk in the park happened to involve thwarting an attack by soul-eating aliens with secret plans to destroy the earth…
Perhaps it’s just as well that I stick to the books 😉
There is something magical about a craft that can take us on a journey, and can blur the lines between the real and the unreal. Writing is such a craft. It can pick us up from our mundane lives, and take us to a place where all things are possible.
The real world, where we live, is a place filled with beauty and terror, and so too is the imaginary world where dragons exist.
All stories have a purpose, a reason for existing, and a vastly diverse reason it may be. Do we write to entertain? To change our reader? To provoke thought? Good books may entertain us, or change us, or even leave us with a lingering thought. A great book will do all three.
There is no greater aspiration for a writer than to take our reader to a place where dragons—metaphorical or otherwise—exist, and better yet, to show us that those dragons can be beaten.