Who are your best book friends? When I was growing up, I loved hanging out with Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver from Treasure Island. Of course, I loved visiting Heidi in the Swiss Alps, too, and more than once I imagined myself fleeing from Baba Yaga and other fairy-tale monsters.
Even though I’m all grown up now, I still count many fictional characters among my dearest friends. Of course, I’m close to a lot of the characters I’ve written, and I find new friends in romance books by other authors.
When I saw this picture and quote recently, it made me stop to think about my special friendships with fictional characters. Books truly are friends. We learn from them — not only from text books and non-fiction titles — but from stories of life and love.
Conflict is at the heart of all good fiction, and this is what draws us in. By seeing how others face up to challenges in their lives, learning how they rise to the occasion — or perhaps, how they fail — gives us insight into our own lives. Books gives us new ideas, new inspirations, and new ways to creatively solve problems.
At least, that’s what I think. What do you think?