I am, unashamedly, a word lover. I love etymology and linguistics, I love the scratch of pen against paper and the steady ticks of my typewriter, I just love everything about words. And so perhaps it's no surprise that I romanticise the power of words and the effect they can have.
Naturally, I'm a strong believer that fiction can change a person's life. And I don't just mean the words or the ideas within the book, but also physical books can change somebody's life. E.g. The idea that somebody could miss their bus stop because they're too busy reading and then get off at the wrong stop which actually turns out to be the right stop in terms of where it then steers their life… you get what I mean, right?
Although I wouldn't personally apply this scenario to myself, escapism is another way fiction could change a person's life. Perhaps they're going through a rough time, or they don't quite know what they're doing with their life, and small things like pulling out their battered copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone give them comfort.
And, yet, I haven't even got to the ideas side of the argument. Books are full of ideas; books are ideas. And if ideas don't change lives then what do?
I mean: words, ink, characters, creativity, well-loved paperbacks, thoughts… aren't these wonders of the life-changing variation? I can't be the only one who thinks so.
I know the majority of my blog readers will agree with me here, but – as I wrote this – I tried to aim it at an audience who, perhaps, don't read as much. I mean, to me, it's weird to imagine NOT being able to see how utterly life-changing fiction is…
QUICK QUESTION: Which books have changed your life?