“I am a part of everything I have read”- Theodore Roosevelt
Warning there will be extreme gushing over books in this post.
I mostly read fantasy novels (they are my favourite ever) so most my points will be mostly from them. I think they relate to all books but if you wonder why I am on about a quest or deadly battles etc. that is why.
In a lot of books I read the protagonist is fighting against something bad and are sometimes against extreme odds that if they fail can have catastrophic consequences. Or they are in a dire situation where nothing seems good but there is always hope. I find this very inspiring because even though I am not in life or death situation I can get down and it can be easy to loss hope but the characters always keep fighting. So I always remember to hold on because pain ends.
- Not everything is going to be perfect all the time
I can be that person who feels like everything has to be perfect all the time or I will wait until my life is perfect to start enjoying it which very unrealistic and I am going to say it a bit stupid. You will miss out on so much stuff waiting for perfection. You need to enjoy life every second you have but naturally life is going to go through phases of being horrible. You can see this in books, there are in horrible situations and they are in good situations. There is good and bad in the story, they don’t cancel each other out, they still exist together and you have to acknowledge both equally. Enjoy the good and survive the bad, live life without waiting for it to be only good. It’s very tiresome waiting for perfection.
- LGBT+, race, different body types. REPRESENTATION.
This is what inspired me to do this post. There are so many amazing books that represent every single group that needs representation, some of the really big ones at the minute are ‘The hate U give’ by Angie Thomas and ‘Simon versus the homo sapiens agenda’ by Becky Albertalli but there are so many different ones now which is so awesome (and about time). It’s so nice to see that the people in these groups get the support and representation from these books. I am personally grateful for what they taught me because growing up you unfortunately can come across people saying negative things about these groups and as a young people you can be easily influenced by this so I am so glad that I got read about these groups in the light they deserved and what negative people did say didn’t stick with me. I am so grateful.
Also books show a varying amount of people with different body types which I love because every size, shape, body is beautiful as should absolutely be shown in the media as much as the typical ‘Hollywood’ body. It gives me confidence. Also strong women in books is also a personal love as it shows women can do anything they want and girls reading this can chase after their dreams and from reading at a young age I 100% relate to this.
- Snap judgements aren’t always true- don’t judge
It easy to allow stereotypes to control you initial impression of someone, snap judgements, we all do it unfortunately. I imagine first impression of me are geek especially when I am wearing a t-shirt which says ‘Stark Industries’ but no one is as simple as your snap judgement of them and sometimes they are completely wrong because you don’t know them. I think it is important to always treat someone with an open mind. Books enforce this idea by constantly showing you people are not as they seem, there is more to them or in the case of Hagrid first impression don’t count. Books have kept me free of unnecessary judgement and the ability to look past impressions by getting to know someone.
- Lies never get you that far
A lie can be as tempting as a giant slice of cake. You can avoid unwanted situations by saying something. We all do it sometimes, I know I do. ‘Sorry I can’t make it that night I have plans with my TV my family.’ But the bigger lies they normally catch up with you because there are about a millions ways they can find out and it is tiring on you really, you don’t lie once you have to lie every day. So when it does catch up you have the situation you were avoiding and the lie, you have double the trouble. And honestly, the truth makes the best relationship, it you decide to lie you are ruining it. And I have seen lies have bad consequences many times in books so honesty really is the best policy.
- Relationships require give and take.
Many different relationships (friends, family, romantic partners) are in books and I have read many with all kinds of swoon-worthy relationships. And the best kinds are when you are there for them and they are there for you. Relationships need to work both ways if someone is always taking it isn’t not fair and no matter how much you want to give that person if that don’t give you the same back, I think there are better relationships out there for you. Books taught me what a good relationship looks like.
- Self-belief/facing fears
Protagonists normally face a lot of hardship, barriers and personal struggles, it keeps the story going and its life so struggles are part of it but one of the most admirable things is that they face them and they conquer it. By no means easily but that do it and yes they are scared (I love it when they show they are scared but I can 100% relate) but they do it. It gives me strength that I can do it, I know I am worried but I can still do it. Fear is ok as long as it doesn’t control all your actions. It’s a great comfort and definitely motivates me to face my struggles. An inspiration.
- Anyone can make a difference
I sometimes feel like what can I do? I just an average girl in her bedroom, I am not the person that is going to make a difference but that really isn’t true. Books show that heroes can come from the most unlikely places, it doesn’t matter how many people you know, how much money you have, what jobs you do or skills you have. Everyone can make a difference- it matters what you do not who you are. You don’t even have to be a leader to support a cause you can literally be in the mass groups because there will be never enough people in the endeavour of good. You are as powerful as you choose to be (said by Bryant McGill). Books make me want to be part of the good in the world.
- That you are not alone
You can feel alone just by being different to the people around you. I know I have always felt different to my family and my friends (like I am sure everyone does) but it can make you feel like ‘oh god what’s wrong with me? Why can’t I be like everyone else?’ and I never talked about it because maybe you feel like they wouldn’t understand and you don’t have the right words to get your point across but then when you read and you can relate to a character or a scene or even a sentence and you just can a sense of relief, one that makes you smile with relief ‘I am not the problem, this is ok to feel like this. I am not alone’ and it also gives you confident to talk about why you feel so different to your family and once again you don’t feel so alone- you have crossed that barrier. Also many books that cover themes like mental illnesses, I have seen people who have the same mental illness as the character feel the comfort from not being alone and how they handle it and I am so glad they found that book.
- The power of words
I mean this post kind of proves this point as I am quite literally on about the influence the words have had on me. But books show how influential words can be so you should use them well, even in everyday life your words have power so be kind. Words can last a lifetime just from reading them once- you shouldn’t underestimate them.
“One must always be careful of books and what’s inside them for words have power to change us” – Cassandra Clare
What have books taught you?