Monday, May 16, 2016
Bookish Discussions: Do books have a purpose?
I know, I know, I'm finally doing another discussion post! I recently published my review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and it made me think a topic that I wanted to write about and discussion with all of you! Today's topic is the purpose of books.
If you haven't read my review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and you'd like to, I'll put the link HERE. In the book, the author frequently tells the reader that they shouldn't be reading the book because there really isn't any purpose behind it and it's just a story. When I was thinking about it, I first thought that the author was trying to say that we put way too much meaning to everything now and some things just come at face value. Is that really true though?
The author also told the reader that they really shouldn't be reading the book because it's terrible and that they should really just stop reading now while they're ahead. What purpose does that serve? Honestly, I read books because I want to read them for some reason.
So the real question is, why do people read books? Why do people spend hours a day sitting in one place turning page after page? Do you gain anything from it?
Some people's first instinct is to say, 'of course not! You're just wasting time!'. But then I'm reminded of a quote from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas:
“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
Because isn't that the purpose of books? To provide inspiration and spread knowledge and allow people to enter different situations to learn something about themselves? No story is simply a story. Even the tales back in ye olden days always had a point.
So what do you guys think? Should we really not be injecting meaning into writing/stories or is there already inherently meaning in all books and literature?