Let’s Talk About Escapism
We’re all readers here. Well, I assume we’re all readers. And we probably all have different favorite books, and different likes and dislikes when it comes to books. We also probably have many different reasons on why we love reading, and what we like to take away from the books we read. We also probably have different reasons for reading different books. I know I have many different reasons for why I am craving a certain type of book.
Probably the main thing that I love about reading is that it’s entertaining. I want to be entertained, period. I like all kinds of entertainment. I love comedy, fantasy, I’ve even branched out a little and enjoyed some science fiction. I also love romance, in any of the genres above.
But at the end of last year, I really started thinking about reading for escape. The end of last year was pretty rough for me. I had a lot of work stuff I was dealing with, and in the fall, I hurt my ankle so badly, that I had to be out of work for a week and a half because I couldn’t walk. And then, at the end of the year, my grandmother passed away, and of course I was very upset. I’m still upset, truly, but it’s manageable now.
Around December, I started reading for one reason – to forget about what was going on in my life. That’s not to say that I haven’t been taken away from my life while reading before, but escapism wasn’t my goal while reading. But at the end of last year, my goal for reading for to forget my life. Of course I still wanted to be entertained, but I needed to escape. I didn’t need to just escape, I need to read books that would not be too stressful; ones that I knew would have happy endings. I turned to the adult historical romance genre, and these books provided exactly what I needed.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been around people before who are real book snobs. And they always seem to roll their eyes about how books can be a great way to escape. Book snobs are so annoying, aren’t they?
But I think escapism is NEEDED! It’s one of the best things that reading does for the reader. We all have times in our lives when it’s a struggle every day to just get out of bed. And if we don’t get a little escape, then those problems and worries can just wear you down to nothing. Well, that’s the case for me anyway. But getting a few hours of escape by reading a book can help you deal with whatever issues you’re going through. It takes you out of your situation, and lets you focus on someone else. And I think, when the book is over, that little respite from your troubles makes it easier to deal with those troubles when you’re not reading.
I know that reading all those romances really helped me not have a complete breakdown. I loved reading about the characters in those books, knowing that they had some real issues to contend with, but that they ALWAYS found a way to make things work. It helped me to realize that I could handle what I was going through, and that things would work out in the end.
So, what are your thoughts on escapism? Have you ever been in a situation similar to mine? Where you NEEDED desperately to escape your current anxieties and turned to some fantastic books to do that?