Why Read? Literary Escapism or Coping Mechanism

By Danielle Dauphinet


 So you had a bad day a work, your boss pissed you off, you get home and your kids are jumping off the walls and all you want to do is scream.  But you have something better just sitting on your bookshelf.  You have distant lands, majestic beaches, intrigue, romance, murder, suspense, and hot sex all rolled into a small package that will give you hours of enjoyment away from your life.

Your escape and passport to the world is known as a book.  It is such a short word for something that could carry you away from all of your worries and put you into the life of someone with much bigger problems than your own.  Whether it is fiction or non-fiction as soon as you crack the cover of your favorite novel all worries are put on the back burner to deal with later.

Arthur Christopher Benson once said “All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality—the story of escape.  It is the one thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.”

Every reader in the world has a different genre or book that they use as their escape.  A religious person might find their sanctuary in that of the Holy Bible or Torah, just a few examples of your religions holy book. 

The Good book, as some people call them, is filled with inspirational writings and if you know just where to look for them you might find the answer to the question that has been nagging at you all day.

But what if you are not a religious person and you just need some words to comfort you and give you peace after along trying day?  There are many books out there to help with that. 

One book that comes to mind is called The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive. 

It is a cute little book with a big bull frog on the cover smiling at you.  Now if that does not cheer you up from the start the inside is full of all the adorable creatures on this Earth they brings a collective “awww” from everyone at the zoo.  This book is filled with this such as huggable penguins giving you advice like “Go for a walk to clear you head.” 

But if your smile has not turn upside down by then you have the snuggly cuddly Koala bear telling you “Accept the fact that you’ll have to let go of some emotional baggage.”  

Also in the “touch your heart” kind of books is Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.  It is an all time go to book for my favorite author, New York Times Bestseller Kim Harrison. 

She states that “I read it first when I was ten, and it’s one of those books that you can read at different times in your life and pull out something different every time.”

There are also people out there that look for an easy non complicated romance novel.  Love life in the drain, no sex life to speak well pick up a nice copy of Water For Elephants. That follows the energetic young Jacob Jankowski through his life of loss, love and triumph in the circus.  Plenty of sex, intrigue and murderous plots to keep most women on edge I guess.

 Time to grab the tissues at this point I guess, but I am not a cry my anger out kind of girl. 

Like most people I have talked to about this subject I want horror, fantasy and gore all rolled into one. 

One of my favorite authors to go to if I am being plagued by a murderous rage, sorry meant to say bad day, is Stephen King.  He is a classic for sure and if you read IT the horrors of this book with surly scare away any bad day you might have with Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Horror, love or soul touching you take your pick but every person out there that has a love of reading also has a way with dealing with life one chapter at a time.   

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