Ever wonder why paranormal and fantasy books are all the rage, particularly among teenagers and young adults?
I think it's simple... we want to imagine past our realities. Some of us only need to stretch a bit, daydreaming about better bodies and well-behaved children (or maybe that's just me). My life is quite full, yet I still yearn for a story that takes me away and builds a world I can live in, even if it's just for a few minutes a day.
It's hard to step outside ourselves when a book too closely mirrors our own lives, so adding a vampire or witch makes the transition easier. But, it's not always necessary. We just need a story that so enraptures us that we buy the author's world and characters without the need for proof or plausibility.
Plus, one generation's flight of fancy can be another generation's reality. If we believe in something long enough, we search for the practical knowledge to make some form of it true. It wasn't that long ago that the idea of traveling into space was pure fantasy. Or traveling deep into the sea.
Young people more readily believe in flights of fancy, their daydreams become part of who they want to be. As we get older, we let logical and practicality drive us. We forget to dream big.
So embrace the flights of fancy and fantasy in your life. Find ways to bring the magical to your everyday. Take the time to daydream.
“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” Albert Einstein
As a child, what did you daydream about? Do you still daydream?