Have you ever wondered what it really is that makes stories so captivating? Realistic, fascinating characters? A unique and engaging plot? An exquisite setting?
Or maybe it’s something more. Something much deeper, beyond an individual author or story, and perhaps what brought us all here to this online avid reader community.
How is it that, from spending two or three hours staring at ink on a page (or lights on a screen), we can come to know fictional characters and places better than some real ones we’ve lived around for years?
How strange is it that, even in a different part of the world, you can meet a complete stranger who has read the same book, and suddenly you have a whole world in common-filled with people you both love and hate, places you both remember, and adventures you’ve shared.
It really is a marvelous form of communication- not just from author to reader, but then from reader to reader as well.
I was just thinking of this for no particular reason last night, as I was falling asleep, remembering how many friends I met through a mutual interest in specific books, movies, or TV shows. There were a surprising number of them (a few of which I still consider good friends), and I just thought “Wow… it’s so crazy that you can go to a completely new place, with completely new people, and have so much in common from a single book.”
Have you ever bonded with someone over books? Would you say that, after discussing a story with someone else, it changes your perception on it, or your experience with it?