Today is September 11. A day that will never be forgotten. Booking Through Thursday’s topic is in deference to the horrible acts of that day:
Terrorists aren’t just movie villains any more. Do real-world catastrophes such as 9/11 (and the bombs in Madrid, and the ones in London, and the war in Darfur, and … really, all the human-driven, mass loss-of-life events) affect what you choose to read? Personally, I used to enjoy reading Tom Clancy, but haven’t been able to stomach his fight-terrorist kinds of books since.
And, does the reality of that kind of heartless, vicious attack–which happen on smaller scales ALL the time–change the way you feel about villains in the books you read? Are they scarier? Or more two-dimensional and cookie-cutter in the face of the things you see on the news?
They are interesting questions that I can’t quite answer. However, I can say that the events of September 11 do color the way I read. For example, reading about the culture in The Kite Runner and how they were treated when they came to the U.S. made me think twice before evaluating someone based on religion or skin color, knowing the atrocities that they had endured before choosing to come here to the U.S.
Books are more than just words on a page. They are feelings, expressions, history. So I will often choose to read a book — either realistic fiction like The Kite Runner, or a memoir from someone’s who’s been there. It opens my eyes. It lets me understand or at least feel something.
And that’s the beautiful life of a reader.
Managing Editor Jennifer Donovan is a contributing editor at 5 Minutes for Mom. She has been blogging at Snapshot for over two years. You’ll almost always find her holding either a book, a fork, a child’s hand, her laptop, or some combination therein.