Thankfulness, Day 17

Where does the time go? We’re already almost done with the month, which means almost the end of the year (and the birthday of my husband and I). Today, I’m going ot come right out and say it: I’m thankful for stories.

I’m a sucker for a well-crafted story. I will stay up all night reading, I’ve been so in love with books that I’ll forget to eat, take them with me to use the rest room and all manner of devotions. But the thing I love about them most, is the way they stick with me.

Romeo and Juliet. Pride and Prejudice. Warm Bodies. Twilight. The Vampire Diaries. Sherlock. iZombie. Cinder. A Game of Thrones. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. F-R-I-E-N-D-S. 

I can tell you how each of these impacted my life, my outlook in some way or another and this is only the stuff I came up with in the first thirty seconds of thinking. Because I can come up with loads more. I promise.

A good story makes you remember what it’s like to be yourself while being someone else. A good story makes you forget yourself in order to be someone else. A good story makes you feel emotions that aren’t yours, recall details from the past which may or may not be “real” and makes you connect. But it is a great story that makes you do all those things while getting you to forget that all of that is found in the pages of a book.

Reading transforms you. You are no longer hunched in a chair, sipping on coffee. You aren’t even turning the pages. You’re witnessing heroic feats from the back of dragons, taking refreshment at an exclusive estate. You’re a willing participant in the greatest theater of all: your own mind. Because in the end, opening a great book is something that sticks with you. It makes you read just one more chapter even though you needed to get to sleep hours ago. 

And if I’m going on and on about books, why did I include TV shows and adaptations?

Because those have the possibility to alter your reality too. A great movie/TV show knows when to harbor secrets and when to pull out all the stops. A great movie/show will get you hooked with one liners and insider jokes. A great movie/show will cause you to forget that you have things to do, because you get to find out what happened to the characters at the end of the next episode (unless you’re waiting to find out what happened to Glenn, and then you’ll probably need to bathe and eat because it’s going to take a while). A great movie/ show will lead you to fall in love with that one character, and even though you know it’s a fictional character, if you ever met them in real life, they’d be your soul-mate, for sure. And just as you think you’ve seen it all, you watch that scene. You know, that scene and your world crashes down around you. You don’t understand how it is that anything will ever be the same and you think you might just have to give up watching it because it wouldn’t be right. But you come back anyway, because you just have to know what happens next.

And as the credits roll, the last paragraph on the last page comes to an end, it’s like saying goodbye. You know that you could alwyas go back to the beginning, but you know too much, you already know what’s going to happen. But you can’t live without the thrill of a good read/show/movie and you start over. You notice things that you didn’t before. Things that make you scream out SO THAT’S WHAT THAT WAS. And it’s like living the moments for the first time all over again.

It is those shows/books/movies that I refer to today. And I am fairly certain that without them, the world would be a much lonelier, boring place.

15 thoughts on “Thankfulness, Day 17

  1. There are so many books, movies, and shows that have left a lasting impact on my life too. I find myself rereading and rewatching them. Everything you said was spot on found myself while reading this post nodding and saying yes. Insightful postings and musings as usual my friend!

  2. You finally put exactly how I feel into words!!! I agree with you on everything you just wrote; I’d just be reiterating to actually write anything else, haha. I also love the ‘cool down’ period. Like after I read/watch something that was really good, mind-blowing, or whatever, Lucas sometimes is like okay well now what to watch? And I’m like, seriously!? I need like an hour to process this and go back to reality!! Lol. Ha, and I know what you mean about Glenn, that’s too funny! šŸ™‚

    1. I love the need for downtime afterwards. It means that it was time well spent. Like I read Winter by Marissa Meyer in one fell swoop. It was over 800 pages long and when I finished it I couldn’t sleep because I needed to process everything. That’s only happened a handful of times, but each of them brought me a glimpse of a world that I brought back with me. I feel sorry for anyone who’s never felt that. Because I mean, even if it’s a show or movie, it’s great to become completely immersed. It’s flexing your creative and analytical half of your brain. And obviously I’m just gushing about this so I’m gonna reign myself back in haha

      1. Yes!! Haha, I’m so glad you understand what I’m talking about there! Lucas has kind of understood on some things we’ve watched, but he doesn’t quite get it with books. It’s wonderful to be so immersed, and have coming back to reality be such a mind-check. I love that feeling; I agree and definitely also feel sorry for anyone who’s never experienced it! I could be gushing too, so I’ll also stop myself. Haha. I haven’t read nor heard of Winter I don’t think; I’ll have to put it on my list to read. šŸ™‚

      2. It’s actually the last book in a series. The first one is Cinder. Basically (if I can keep this short) Marissa took the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White and intertwined them all. It’s set in futuristic China and France, as well as having a colony on the moon and spaceships. There’s a war, biological warfare and everything, but it’s still the stories you know, except there’s cyborgs! It’s just a really nice spin on some much beloved stories. But I recommend it. Anything that causes me to lose sleep because I can’t stop is good by me:)

      3. Whaat?! That sounds fascinating! Space, childhood fairy tales, the future, war, cyborgs!? Count me in, please! That’s amazing. I agree, anything that makes you willingly lose sleep is definitely good. šŸ™‚ I’m for sure looking these books up soon! Thank you for talking about them; I otherwise would probably have never known they existed!

      4. I’m sure I will! Once I get around to finding the books and reading them I’ll definitely let you know. I’m always open to hearing about great reads! Specific genre or not, always feel free to share. šŸ™‚

      5. Well there’s an idea! That’s a lot of material; if you ever get stuck for an idea for a blog post you should! Or you could start a weekly post and share a book each week. šŸ™‚

      6. That’d be awesome! I think it’s a great idea; you basically came up with it yourself, I just put it into the format you were missing. šŸ˜‰

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