Can we all agree that movies and books are a part of our lives ?
While reading yet another intriguing, easy to read, YA fantasy book about faeries it struck me how the similarity in the content of these faerie books still makes me want to take a YA book out of the shelf of the bookstore. It is always(most of the times) an enemies to lovers romance , creatures with magical abilities and while I also agree that the protagonist is all the same everywhere(special girl,falling in love with the hottest and most powerful male character in the universe),if we look at the main character in all of these books, they actually are not same, the fact that they seem "special" is because the story is narrated from their point of view, their adventures, their interactions with the supporting characters, their "love stories" . Which led me to believe how powerless lives most of us live irrespective of the age group ,do we really live our lives as the main character by pushing new boundaries, trusting ourselves, accepting ourselves, living life on our terms(of course I am not talking about going overboard with it)coming out of toxic environments (be it family or romantic relationships or friendships) or simply by experiencing each and every moment of our lives as we go by the day. I don't think most of us do , well most of us cannot even identify whether we are living or should I say existing in an unhealthy environment (home or otherwise) and we don't have the courage to come out of that and no matter how many years or how many resolutions we take we cant come out of our unhappiness hole if we are not "brave". But watching movies and books, basically watching/reading movies or books, I mean aren't these experiences of people (may be it be fictional, may it be over the top at least these are similar experiences that one goes through life) , and talking about being over-the-top or unrealistic element of book and movie characters and not talking about how we exist in unhealthy relationships, dynamics which definitely should not be someplace to exist(basically should be "unreal") is an imperceptive thing. Books and movie characters be it protagonists or the supporting characters have made me believe and opened my eyes to the differences in peoples personalities and has led me to embrace my "good" points as well as my supposedly societal "bad" qualities, think about how many times we have admired those characters when they take a new change or do something "heroic" but cant we do something heroic for ourselves(you might have done something heroic already which you are oblivious to),rise up from other's judgement . So as cliché as the lines "I can sympathize with the characters in the stories/it is an exhilarating feeling to read along the story of a character who is so much like me/It's like living in a whole new different world" sound it is with the experience that book readers say and not some random words that come in one's mouth while talking about fictional books. Because one speaks these with the joy they get from reading stories, and as a book is unpredictable , our lives are unpredictable as well , who knows what might happen accidentally at a certain moment and what choices you would make right? So whenever I feel discouraged or afraid or contemplate something too much maybe to put more makeup than usual, going up to someone and talking, lashing out my issues with my mother I always take a step back and remind myself that its okay if things don't turn out the way I want it to because it is a common thing and it happens with others as well , the solution would be to create more choices for myself after that and not feel demotivated. For me in order for a certain movie, television series or a book to be fantastic it has to be unpredictable and has to be able to take us out from our real lives that consumes us. But one should know that our reality is not far from fantasy because only if we believe in magic can we find "magic"✨
Coming to the entertainment aspect or the activity of watching Television or reading books(I personally prefer to see both as the two faces of the same coin with reading books or just "books" being the heads and the former one as tails). I mean is it a surprise that people are inclined to think more negative thoughts than positive ones when they willingly consume negative news in a stint to gather information.(cue coronavirus), they don't even realize or want to accept the fact that this very "informative" activity is rotting their brain cells? While continuing or progressively watching a series over the years or even over a course of time you sort of develop a homely connection with the characters. I cannot say about this homeliness in terms of tv much but when i read books in a certain corner and i see things through my imagination the landscapes that the main character is living in , it feels like i am seeing the exact things that the life experience my friend is narrating. When we rewatch cinematic content on tv or re-read a book it feels we are greeting a friend, unreal yet so real and honestly that is the perfect kind of therapy session to me. So scientifically saying reading does broaden our mind and fills us with the experience of fictional characters( don't we get excited to people around narrating their adventures, it is the same except the fact that we get countless stories),it makes the creative juices flow in our head when we imagine the landscapes surrounding the character in our head (now isn't that creative and enriching),and moreover the fictional world is much more interesting to talk about rather than the real one , I mean you can have varied opinions on different topics right? without much criticism or judgement because everyone is free to like anything may it be good or bad. Although from my post it may subtly seem that I like books more than movies , which is true because movies are more often than not anticlimactic i mean the acting must be on point, there must be chemistry between the actors, direction must be good and sets must look natural to satisfy my need of watching a good movie(so many demands, ik :) And these thoughts and feelings are of course age inclusive, one must strive to be a main character in their story, accept others as well as themselves the way they are and take the leap &have the courage to change things for yourself💖
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Gyldendal Publishers Ante-chamber , Copenhagen * - Morten Schelde , 2001.
Danish. b. 1972-
* Gyldendal publishers in Copenhagen, The room I’ve depicted is the famed ante-chamber, where you’d imagine the young authors waiting, sweat in their hands, to meet their editor.
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