I have to say the magic of words is definitely something I believe in. Because I came from a small town where - I promise you - the only thing to do was watch the cars rust. Not to mention, at least six months out of the year we were buried in snow. So…I read. Anything I could get my hands on, actually. My Mom was a librarian so my sister and I were able to get all the new releases the second they came out - which was seriously cool.
There are a lot of people who love small towns, and I understand that it’s more peaceful and calm - less violence and crime, etc. - but the boredom factor is a forty on a scale of 1-10. Without books I would’ve seriously thrown myself into a snow bank. I loved everything - from YA’s to classics like Jane Austen - and the subject of angels was really big for me. I can’t tell you how much I love the fact that the ‘winged ones’ have come back so strong lately.
The characters in Until Next Time - Emily and Matt - are a huge extension of that small town life in their own way. They come from a world where there isn’t a whole lot to do either. There are certainly more people, but they spend a lot of their time in school, training and waiting around - desperate to enjoy that taste of freedom that they’re about to experience full-force. Of course, with freedom comes some seriously hard lessons. The human emotions they run into are strong and brand new to them, which causes a whole lot of problems. From love to fear to hate to heartache, they’re the innocents that are trying to keep their faith in one another in a world that’s filled with things that are trying to rip them apart.
I love the magic of books. The fact that, as a reader, I can sit in a room and be taken on an adventure with the Matt’s and Emily’s of the world is amazing. I can stand by the side of characters as they head back into history to see something truly monumental that we can only read about now; or, head into the future and find worlds that amaze and excite. I can also fall in love through someone else’s eyes with the new ‘Romeo and Juliet’s’ of this world (or, you may call them the ‘Edward and Bella’s). I can cheer for the hero and heroine, or despise the villain with everything I’ve got. Boredom never comes from these creations, so being able to escape and become someone else for a while is a real ‘gift.’
Your whole life, even when you have the gray hair (yuck), and your own teenager in their bedroom complaining about how boring it all is, the characters of Lord Voldemort, Patch, Katniss Everdeen, Lisbeth Salander - even Mr. Darcy - will still be there for entertainment. Not to mention a slew of new ones that are just waiting to be taken into the fold. No matter what happens in time, or how bad things get, books are eternal.
To me, that’s the real ‘magic.’ No dragon or wand necessary - just an imagination!
Until Next Time, Everybody.