I’m going to make this All About You week. You know why? Because I work on my computer all day long and think about me and my job and my writing and changes I’d like to make and dreams I have and plans I’m making and me, me, me. And – I’m pretty sure I’m going insane. So please help me stop the insanity, okay? All you have to do is comment. Leave big long ones if you want! People sometimes comment on my posts and seem to feel badly – like they hijacked my platform. Let me say right now, I never feel that way. So comment, People!
I just finished reading THE EYRE AFFAIR – easily the most creative book I’ve read in a long time. It’s all futuristic – yet takes place in the past? It blurs the lines between past, present and future, between fiction and reality, between action, comedy, and romance. It’s all over the place, and I loved suspending my disbelief for it. I suspended so well, in fact, that I find I am deeply surprised in real life now when time never stops and portals never open to the past or to that book I love, and when the news never reports surprising changes in the reality we’ve all previously known. That’s what this book did to me.
But let’s focus on the blurring of fiction and reality. My favorite part of this book. In THE EYRE AFFAIR, Mr. Rochester sometimes visits reality from his book and others sometimes enter the book from reality. How much did I LOVE this?!!
The idea of being able to enter the world of my favorite fiction is just too delicious not to explore. (Like the entering of paintings in Night at the Museum 2 – SO COOL). So that’s your question for the day: What book or books would you enter if you could? You can change the endings if you know a way to do it. Or you can try to just slip in and stay at a nearby hotel and watch your favorite scenes unfold. Where would you go? What would you do? Whom would you most like to meet?
I’m going to say ANNE OF THE ISLAND. I want to be one of the students at Redmond College and become good enough friends with Anne and Philippa that I can sneak over to Patty’s Place on the nights they accept callers. I’m also going to hide in the bushes when Anne refuses Gilbert, accost him as he walks away, and tell him not to give up. It won’t ruin the book – he’ll still need re-reminded by Philippa later when he’s dying of typhoid fever. But oy vey I want to lighten the mood of that terrible scene!! Keep being her friend, Gil. And here’s a tip: When she starts dating Roy? Make her laugh. She’ll put it all together eventually that Roy is dull and you are the only boy for her.
And now it’s your turn.