I read this post “A Girl You Should Date” this morning, and thought it was quite grand. It made me giggle thinking of Ariel, and then feel a bit sad because it is going to take one smart fella to keep her. If she even wants someone in her life that is. She did say that she is going to have three kids so we’ll see how that plays out, plenty of time. Who knows by then maybe it will like Gattaca. The boys will have their challenge as well because I am not sure I (or they) can handle any girls in their life who is not a reader, it does not have to be what I read, but they will need an understanding of paracosm for sure. Maybe I could teach the love of reading…I am a mind wanderer today. (A lot going on here.)
I also have to share that this post is timely.
I finished my book a couple of days ago, and I am in the editing process. I started to feel a bit insecure about the story and wondering if it was worth it to keep going. After reading the post, it gave me a kick to keep going. The story is my two worlds of reality and fiction, ironically the main character is a reader, the setting at times is in an old bookstore, and she has a love for words. Hmm…I just need to complete it so I can say that I did it.
I smiled at this section for sure:
“It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.”
– Rosemarie Urquico –
The characters are always real, whether in the book or the movie remake.
All the characters I read are a part of me and fully live and breathe while I am reading them. I think that is yet another reason why I cut off my fiction reading for so long. I admit, I fall in love with them, and can find myself being sympathetic to the villains. Some villains use the best words! The section about lying above, I want to clarify that type of lying I get when it is through word play with a person I understand or connect with. A playful banter of flinging wonderful words, making love in the mysteries of discovering what is truly meant, and how they all manifest their multiple meanings. Words are indeed love for me. I only have my poems to have word plays with, they keep me cheery and balanced….mostly.
I am babbling today, trying to stop a holiday rant. Ha ha ha (I am seriously overloaded, and now doing a garage sale this weekend. Yikes!)
On to completely different topics now, I read some other things recently that I thought were good too. I am really all over the place, but it helps me focus to read when my brain is like this. I will stop with these. Sharing.
The Truth About Lies (The list given to discover if the person is lying is too much work, I don’t know if it would be worth it for me. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.)
Regardless of what you believe, this next one about homosexuality is good to read and ponder.
This last one is an excellent reminder, especially for the holidays.