If you were a book, in which section of the bookshop would you be shelved? Which genre are you most drawn to?
Although I wouldn’t officially become an advent reader until my mid twenties, opting to get my daily doses of adventure and storytelling through the avenues of movies, shows, and video games, I have always thought that bookstore were really cool places to visit. Fast forward to the present, I become gleeful whenever I decide it is time to for me to make the journey towards one.
I still remember the first book I bought for myself which lead me to by the entire series and set in motion the acquisition of all hardcovers because I thought they were so much cooler than their paperback counterparts. That book was The Grey Wolf Throne written by Cinda Williams Chima, the second book in the The Seven Realms series.
But I digress, let me get back on topic. Check that series out if you are interested. It is a really good read.
I believe if I was book, you would probably find me collecting a coat of dust just beyond the wide, heavy mahogany doors of the shop in the fantasy section of the store. I have loved grand adventure tales since I was since I started writing back in elementary school though you would have never caught me reading back then. I used to write down my favorite lines in video games (Something that I find myself still doing) and act out scenes outside with the few kids on my street or at the park, directing them to their places for our grand performances. Fantasy has the unique way of including multiple genres such as romance and mystery into its fold which always makes for a more compelling story in my mind.
The Hero’s Journey is my favorite narrative concept and plot structure. A hero ventures forth from the world normalcy into the realm of the magic and wonder, where through trials and hard fought victories against an opposing force, the hero saves the day and returns home a different person; more confident and stronger than before.
I think my life has been following that structure for quite some time now and it really cool to slide in the moments, events, and experiences into their respective plot slots to weave the tale and now that I have had that thought, I think I might have created a small project for myself if I get around to it.
But in terms of books, I have always been drawn to fantasy. As I said before, I think you get the most bang for your buck in that genre because it isn’t boxed in or limited in where it can go. Writers aren’t constrained and are free to take their story wherever their imagination leads them. It allows for real and relatable characters (if written well) to go through the human experience with the wonderful addition of mythological or supernatural elements such as zombies, dragons, wizards, and more. It adds another layer to the already complicated journey of life and I believe it makes things so much more interesting.
Fantasy allows a person to escape their reality and transport themselves into a different world with different rules, cultures, and ideals. What is there not to love about reading or listening to epic tales through magical worlds? Worlds that are built on lore and history and delivered to your through the eyes of characters that inhabited it, fully immersing you in this foreign where you learn and discover all the amazing things that it has to offer.
I believe that if done correctly, the genre of fantasy speaks to the child in us that used to dream. And though I speaking solely on fantasy, I think this applies to all the fictional genres. Fantasy is living and breathing representation of our dreams made tangible through the wonderful gift of language and the written word. It speaks to us in a way that takes us back to when were kids, pretending and telling our own little stories with our toys or with our friends. Where our mind were free to wander and create without having the understanding of reality that we have as adults. It was pure and innocent and wonderful.
And because I am nothing more than a child in an adult body, I cherish all the stories, shows, and movies that created by those who are still able to tap into that inner child and weaves tales that allows us to believe in something more than just our reality.
As always, thanks for stopping by and reading. I really appreciate it and I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to answer the prompt in the comments below, I would love to know where you guys think you will be shelved.
Until the next post…