I didn't have a post scheduled for today, so I figured I'd write about something that's always puzzled and amazed me: those alien creatures who profess to loathe something that we couldn't love more.
As a child, I didn't get it. I couldn't understand. I simply couldn't wrap my head around the idea that there were people out there, people I knew, who didn't want to live in a million different worlds, all while lying in their bedroom. I couldn't see why people wouldn't want to fall in love with fictional characters and fictional worlds.
The problem, I've decided, is that they can't.
As I grew older, I began to think on it, really think. I thought of those times when I was reading, and then something would happen, and I'd disconnect. Be pulled from my fictional world with a vengeance. When I returned to the book, for a few minutes after, I was not in a different world; I was simply reading words off a page. Same as any history textbook. Dull. Lifeless. Meaningless. It was always, and still is, so very terrifying, the thought that my fantasies could be pulled from me like that. Even in books with the dullest, most unrelatable of characters, I am still in another place, one far more interesting than my own.
My theory for book haters is just this: for them, it's not a few minutes every now and then. These people? They never entered that world in the first place.
It makes more sense than anything else I could imagine. If every book I read were the same as a textbook--bland, boring, words swimming on a blank page--I would hold no love for them. We love books because, to us, they are so much more than printed words. They're people and stories beyond our wildest imagination. They are our escape when the real world grows too painful. A book lover is never, ever alone. And I think these people hate that. I think they hate that they will never understand.
This is, of course, simply my theory. I'm sure many other book lovers have pondered the same issue, and probably written about it. If you know of any posts such as this, I'd love to be linked to them. Meanwhile, what do you think about it?