Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about tonight so I went on Facebook and saw this saying: I’m Not A Bookworm, I’m An Escape Artist. Is this true for you?
This saying made me think. Do I read to escape my life? Or escape my worries? Or escape my reality? Obviously, I read because I enjoy it. I like well written stories that leave me feeling something. But is it an escape?
Yes, I think it is. I have definitely zoned out while reading before. I get so immersed in a story’s world I sometimes don’t pay attention to my surroundings. I escape my reality just for a bit and put myself inside the book’s world. I even fantasize sometimes. Fantasize about being the main character and experiencing what they do. I create little stories in my head before I go to sleep, while in the shower, and even during a lull at work. I create new endings, new characters, new dilemmas all in my head and play it out to see where it goes. That might be the writer in me or maybe all readers do this.
Though, let’s get this straight. I am also a bookworm. 😀
So yeah, this is true for me. I read to escape the boring parts of my life, to create more interesting tales with me as the main character. It’s like dreaming while awake and I have all the control. It’s fun. It leaves me happy and excited. So how about you?
Do any of you read to escape whatever it is you want to escape?