Go back as far as the written or oral record goes, and you will find the storyteller.
Do you get lost in a good book? Psychologists call that "transportation."
Transportation is related to the idea of "flow" --
that pleasurable feeling you get when you are completely absorbed in an activity, and lose track of time.
Reading, it turns out, is the most common activity people pursue to get a flow experience.
Temporarily leaving one’s reality sometimes feels very pleasing,
and people in an unpleasant mood will choose to read to pull themselves out of that sensation.
Stories of all kinds can have effects our or attitudes and beliefs about the real world, for good or ill.
Even fictional stories are known to be able to cause changes in beliefs about the world.
Reading can be like a drug -- in a positive way.
If you get the book that makes a person fall in love with reading,
they want another one and another one after that.
But what makes that one book a trigger for continuous reading?
For some, it’s the discovery that a book’s character is like you, or thinks and feels like you.
What was that book that triggered in you the desire
for continued reading?
What draws you back to reading
time and time again?
DON'T FORGET that I will be slipping onto Deniz Bevan's blog, The Girdle of Melian later on this morning:
Samuel McCord and his Alien Empress wife, Meilori Shinseen, have a destiny to which they sail aboard the Xanadu, the 1st Air-Steamship
I think of this melody as the theme of that destiny:
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