Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quid-ditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?
Isn’t this why we read fiction in the first place? To put ourselves right in the middle of it. To take on the fantasy that we are that very character. To be that one who has it all, without any of life’s problems. Or to live in that house, in that city, and to have that wardrobe and car. Those friends and all those engagements. Isn’t that why we read the books…to be that person we can never be.
And sometimes we read with the understanding that it could be us in that character. The one who loses a job, a marriage that falls apart, a child who finds themselves in trouble. Yes, we read what can sometimes be a little to close to home. I’m not a mystery reader, but if you do, don’t you fantasized about solving the crime, putting away the bad guy, and living happily ever after?? Of course we do! It’s why we read!
I picture myself in the books I read, and if I cannot, then I don’t read them. I have to be able to be a part of the story…and that is why I enjoy reading books. To get lost in a story that isn’t mine, and isn’t a place I’ll ever be, yet can escape into a fantasy of a world I only know via reading books.