Books Are Not Dead
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Books Are Not Dead

Have you ever seen a book come alive? Well, I have. I do not mean the books began to sing or walk. No. But the way the authors wielded the weapon of words gave life (meaning) to the book.

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As you read, the words keep blowing your mind away, and you are like, “WOW, I get what this writer is saying. How can someone be so creative?”

That is how awesome a book can be. The wordsmith spices his books with different ingredients ranging from literary elements, figures of speech, thematic preoccupation, and lots more!

A book comes alive when you are engrossed in it, enraptured by the dancing diction, swaying words, and relatable themes. At times, you connect with the text in such a way that you become one with the book—an invisible yet visible character.

You feel the tears, laughter, anger, pain, happiness, downfall, failure, and success of the players (characters). Oftentimes, you experience catharsis—a release of emotional tension after an overwhelming experience.

The twists and turns; suspense and surprises leave us with a rollercoaster of emotions. When a favourite character heads down the path of unbelievable doom, you begin to pray, hoping for quick redemption. And when this happens, you give a thumbs up to the character and writer. As you read, you momentarily forget that it is fiction, a child of vivid imaginations.

How about when you read non-fiction? You sit back to relish the sumptuous meal of facts and real-life experiences. The blessing of the wealth of knowledge and information behind each word often stuns me.

If books are not dead, who made them so? Who gave them life? Writers! These special breeds of humans live for words. Words flow in their veins; they mingle with the air they breathe in. May their ink never cease to bleed.

Before my pen takes a nap, here is a quote by Enid Bagnold: “Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”

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ABOUT THE WRITER

Abimbola F. Abatta will forever be grateful to the school of life. Life has taught her so many lessons through her everyday experiences. She writes, teaches, edits, proofreads, and inspires. As a lifetime scholar, she is devoted to learning from life’s experiences and sharing the lessons with the world. She is passionate about inscribing impact, influence, and inspiration through words. You can follow her on Facebook

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