‘What are you reading?’
‘Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett.’
‘Awww, that’s so cute! You read kid’s books?’
*fuming* ‘It is not a kid’s book’
*Laughs indulgently* ‘Of course it is, it’s about vampires and monsters or something right?’
*Counts to 10, chants ‘She’s not worth it, she’s not worth it’ to self*
Yes, the above conversation actually happened and no, I did not kill that person even though I really really wanted to. Sometimes I surprise myself with the level of self-restraint I manage to display.
Apparently, Even in today’s day and age there are people who believe that reading fantasy and SciFi is a form of escapism, of wilfully ignoring reality or a childish pastime that adults should have outgrown years ago. Me? I find people who say such things silly, if not downright annoying, but then again I’m a self-proclaimed Fantasy addict so what do I know, right?
The way I see it, the world is chock full of ‘reality’ as it is, and most of it is shocking, depressing or frustrating (or made out to be that way by our ridiculously sensationalist media). Why would you want more of the same in your choice of fiction when you could just as easily immerse yourself in a world of witches and queens, chivalry and epic battles? Why read another ‘serious’ piece of literature when you can go explore Narnia instead? I want wonder, adventure and imagination in my world, and if that means I have to be the girl who still believes in magic, then there is no other girl that I would rather be.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against ‘serious’ or non-fantasy fiction (or non-fiction for that matter), neither am I that special brand of crazy person who fervently believes that the Cullens are real people or that the Matrix is a documentary. What I have a problem with is the idea that Fantasy fiction or SciFi is not for adults or for parents or for academics and so on and so on. Fantasy fiction is for everyone, without exception, and I’d choose the Wee Free Men over ‘grown-up’ literature any day of the week. Oh and by the way, just because it has magic in it does not mean a book is non-serious, incapable of being profound or that it won’t teach you a thing or two about human nature.
So, do YOU believe in magic?
In answer to this Daily Prompt.