Recently, I read this book by Jasper Fforde with the catching name “The Eyre Affair”. I want to resist to make a book review, because I want to dwell on another point of the book. I guess it had just the right amount of romance, crime, fantasy, girl power and everything. I kind of disliked the end because it just had to end with a wedding even though the point of the whole book before that was to be emancipated. Or I missed the point. And of course I like romance, but it could have ended with just the two of them getting together, not marry on the spot! But that’s only me…
What I actually want to talk about is this:
This Jasper Fforde guy has a wild fantasy and one includes visiting the world of real books which is such a marvelous idea! It’s like Pleasantville but only with books. In the book there even was a tourist guide who made trips with clients to favorite book scenes and everything. Mr. Rochester took them on a tour of Thornfield Hall. How cool is that! The only flaw was not to disturb the first-person narrator otherwise one could change the storyline. It would be wonderful to plan such trips. Imagine going to a travel agency booking trips to your favorite books! I would literally die of excitement!
I am such a girl here but only think of the chances you could have! I am only thinking about happy books here 😉 I wouldn’t visit books about pain and misery…after all, you want to walk into a fantasy!
Of course it would be nice to check out Jane Eyre and see the real Mr. Rochester…in all the TV adaptations he is rather beautiful whereas in the book he is supposed to be, well, not as gorgeous as the 2006 BBC adaptation Mr. Rochester…
Only imagine to dance at the Netherfield ball!
Or even attend the wedding!
I would visit all of the Jane Austen books naturally, considering those are all fantasy novels and all of them have a happy ending 🙂 My other favorite, besides pride and prejudice, would be persuasion!
Or visit one of your favorite books you read as a child! For me that would be this one “Pony, bear and evening star”:
Isn’t it lovely? Strolling through the night with a bear (I am a sucker for bears ;-)) and a pony, chasing the evening star. What else could a girl wish for?
Hop into short stories just for a quick fix! Maybe you could get a discount from the travel agency for stories shorter than, say, 30 pages 😉
Or hide behind your favorite detective!
I would choose the stories of the “Famous Five”, nothing too dangerous in there 😉
Or talk to a person who wrote an amazing autobiography. (Maybe this would go against the rule of contact to the first-person narrator but it would be definitely cool!) I would love to talk to a former spy agent or something 🙂
Or even understand one of your scholarly books better through a visit…
Or self help books…I eat those up 😉 Get firsthand help from the author!
Hop into the classic 😉
Or even crawl into one of your language learning books…talk to one of the “Tims” and “Marias” firsthand!
Check out your favorite cookbooks 🙂
I would choose one of my Chinese cookbooks…yummy!
Get first-hand experience from history books.
Maybe I would check out what the buzz about Elizabeth, the then empress of Austria was and still is all about.
Visit places all over the world through travel books…
Beautiful, isn’t it?
It’s just too amazing to be true ;-(
So, where would you go, given the chance?