A good post. I agree that reading can be an “escape”. However it can also (among other things) provide a window into a vanished past. For example “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is a fictional inditement of slavery while “12 Years A Slave” is a factual portrayal of one free black man’s entrapment into slavery in the USA and his eventual escape to freedom. I, personally prefer the latter book.
Do you think of reading as an escape?
It’s a phrase we all hear many times. “I read to escape,” or “I’m going to escape into a good book.” But what do we really mean? It’s a question that has niggled in the back of my mind for some time, but Fantasy author V.E. Schwab actually put it into words in a recent article on the Tor.com website, “Escape from what?”
My own attitude towards reading has always been more of a comparison to taking an exotic holiday, especially when reading science fiction or Fantasy because the alternate worlds can be very different from normal reality, yet it applies to other genres as well. If you read a Mystery or Romance novel set in a country other than where you live, a good writer will give you a taste of the location and it’s almost like enjoying actual travel to…
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