“Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”
– Antoine de Saint Exupery
“Don’t build a wall around your own suffering or it may devour you from the inside”
– Frida Kahlo
At the time of writing (18th January 2018) I am currently reading for the first time the 6th instalment of the much famed Harry Potter Series! Which is of course Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
J.K.Rowling is an incredible writer. She has been able to tie together a story so rich and believable that it is hard not to get caught up in the world of magic even when you are between chapters. This is an incredibly rare thing to do and in so many ways you can understand why there is such a vast fan base out there from all walks of earth. These fans, who’ve still very much in touch with the child inside of them, still see magic in the air with each and every passing day, ever searching for even the slightest hint of something more. In doing so they have opened themselves to the possibilities in this world that the word impossible is just a means to find the possible.
Happy reading everyone ❤
P.S. Harry Potter movie marathon anyone?!
““So many books, so little time.”
– Frank Zappa
What is the purpose of a novel?
To define the many variances of what a novel can become is endless. But how do you see the purpose of a great novel? What are some of the themes, attributes and styles that set one out from another?
To Freeze, Recount and to Remember
To Educate, Inform and to Advise
To Imagine, Create and to Inspire
It is clear that
I Love fiction, i love fantasy and magic. For me, what really sets an amazing story from another is in it’s ability to create a sense of realism. The possibility for the reader, the listener and viewer to believe that out there in this vast universe we live in, it might actually exist.
Fiction. Fantasy. Magic.
The Studio Ghibli Films is an example of one which does that well. It’s almost like a dream as you step into the world Hayao Miyazaki creates for the viewer. An incredibly powerful sense of real moving and shaping worlds coupled with a douse of magic and art make it both a beauty to watch and for the viewer to become captured into.
Great novels also give off a similar vibe because our imaginations are limitless. One of my personal favorites is George Orwells 1984, with him being able to shift the readers mindset into an entirely new world he’s created and dauntingly also as you follow he main character in his daily life.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar story is about hope. You, like the little caterpillar, will grow up, unfold your wings and fly off into the future”
– Eric Carle
If there’s one thing I could change if I went back in time it would be something you wouldn’t normally expect. Most people would look back to change a decision they’d made, to change the outcome of a certain situation or to regain an opportunity lost in time. These decisions usually change the nature of past and future because you want something to go your way instead of another. Maybe that is why a time machine just shouldn’t exist because of our inherent and selfish flaw to get what is best for us.
For me however, it is the missed opportunity to learn more about the world around me. It is the lost time that could have been spent reading the great minds of the past. What I am describing of course is the power of reading, the power of books.
Books were never cool when I was young. Stupid as I, and a lot of teenagers out there were, that’s all we wanted to be. Cool. So that’s what drove us, and when you have such a strong influence from the peers around you, you lose yourself and who you are to fit the social circle. Taking a step back I loved to read as a child, growing up with classics such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Possum Magic and The Rainbow Fish just to name a few. But the passion to read on and fill my imagination dwindled as time passed. I guess it’s not entirely fair to say that I stopped because it was uncool but I’ll stick with that for now.
Moving forward, books are now a big part of my life. Just like how some people forget their headphones at home and go crazy for the day, I also feel the same about my novels. It’s like an old friend that I’ve once again discovered, taking me to places that only a paper back along with my human imagination can take me.
Oh and P.S I have to confess something ~ There was a time that i was so taken in by a novel that I walked right off the train at the wrong stop. With a half an hour wait till the next train, there was nothing else to do but to continue reading on, undeterred by what had just happened.
Thanks for reading!