Sunday, January 2, 2011

Moral Monday: If I was a Book

This question is simple and to the point. If I was a book, what kind of book would I be? I know most people would say  "What kind of Super Hero/Star/ Famous Person/ Animal/ Inanimate Object would you be?" You fill in the blank. Books hold much more substance that all of those options above. Why? Well, its a book! Books make your mind wonder, books test your imagination skills, books sharpen your intellect as a person because it makes you think! Now, tell me which one of those options above do that? Yea, didn't think so.

The Cover

If I was a book, I would look extremely dull. Although well manufactured with top-of-the-line material, thicker pages, hardback, sturdy with a quality leather strap to keep it closed like a fortress, the book would not look appealing to any soul that gave it a first glance. If the Angels and Demons was next to the book, people would probably screech in disapproval on why a book that looks so dull and unwelcoming should be put next to a bestseller. The thing about this book is that it would ALSO be a bestseller. Not gassing. People would be even more confused as to why it is liked by so many people but looks like it won't say anything spectacular in it. It could even get mistaken for a textbook for a class...yea.

The Intro

As you open the book, you are still unsettle in your stomach about how this $50 novel is worth more than 90% of books out and why your mother, father, brother, sister, cousin, aunt, uncle, and best friend are so religious about reading this book over and over again. The intro starts out like any other book, "Such and such and such and such embark on a journey that will test their will as a human being blah blah blah blah blah." Nothing pleasing so far in the intro but then, you see something, something you wouldn't have expected before. Something that opened up a whole can of worms and caused you to not even think of putting the book back on the display with the rest of bestseller books. You found something in this book you have only seen in the elite of books. Purpose. Dynamic. Culture. 'I don't think I can let this book go' you say? I didn't think so. Read on.

The Plot

Every plot has a twist. Most plots keep the turnarounds coming to confuse the reader even more. The plot in this book somehow continues to second guess the reader every chapter. The book is very to the point and has no problem being a real and to the point, no bullshit rundown. Although books cannot be successful without some type of drama, the book handles drama with a "foot in the mouth" feel when dramatic situations occur. The suspense is enough to bring excitement to anyone's day. It is common for people to discuss the book in amazement, "I still don't understand why he did that. Like, I understand but, I still don't get it and it kills me inside!" The discussion is halted with a smirking lad that has to chime  in and say "Just keep reading. your answer will be found eventually if it is at all." The action, at times, can be too much to handle "What is with this guy and girls?! Where does he find these people?" The will of the reader is truly tested by the ups and downs of the book. It is common for a reader to take some time off from reading the book due to an overload of so much happening at once. All in all, when the book is finished, the reader feels satisfied and in a sense like they learned a life altering lesson about journeys, trips and travels (If you think about it, all of these mean different things). Most readers cannot place exactly what the motive of the book is until they are three quarters of the way through it. Even then, confusion is still in the forefront when the climax hits.

The Climax

The most exciting part of the book. The big turnaround. The thing that gets the reader to finish the damn book! The climax in this book would be more like beauty in the eye of the beholder. Everybody is a critic and everyone has their own viewpoints, meaning not everyone will enjoy the big turnaround of the big. But of course, the point is not for them to fully enjoy it, the key is understanding it and justifying it in their mind. Once this occurs, people act like they just saw zeitgeist or something. Their thoughts on the book and the way they perceived it completely changes, the way they may see their life may change, the way things happen in life may be taken differently. They are going to want to finish the book whether it takes three days of no sleep or a few hours. It's kinda like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, knowing that its there and near, but also knowing it is still a decent distance away and still wanting to finish without any breaks in between...maybe to sip on some wine or something. The climax is when 95% of questions are answered to the reader. Although the majority of answers are now of access to them in their mind, the big questions still stay unanswered until the end of the book.

The Resolution

The book ends on a positive note. Not on some happily ever after stuff but in a light that shines toward motivation and accomplishment rather than gloominess and dismay. The reader finishes the book and immediately begins a letter to the author on how they felt about reading it, etc. etc.

My thought of me being a book came from me thinking of how I see myself and how I evaluate myself as a person from social interaction and my own thoughts. The majority of the things I described come from other people and how they saw me initially, currently, and where they see me going. A book is something many don't see as of importance anymore because of the youth being sucked into the media and such. Hopefully this is a book that can change something like that when given the chance. But until then, this blog will be my outward calling.

Moral: Give your brain judgement and thought. Media can only do so much to give you intellect. I don't think watching "The Matrix" will give you much thought into reality. You might learn something you didn't know before or you might learn something about yourself if you expand your mind.

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