What made me addicted to books? I guess firstly because they serve as portals to new exciting realms. Good fiction sort of serves as my sanctuary and provide relief, serenity, and entertainment whenever the real world becomes too irritating, confusing, noisy, lonesome, or just plain old boring. They take me to places I've never been to, and probably never will. They provide many possible illusions that the mind can conjure and blocks off reality for a while . A good novel with a healthy imagination is probably one of the best hallucinogens out there, and they're legal. Who needs drugs when you have Terry Pratchett or Ayn Rand or Tom Clancy.
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Thirdly, and probably the most important for me, those literary crafts provide you with life-changing experiences that you probably won't get in reality. Based from the writer's in-depth research and personal experiences, they meticulously construct conflicted worlds that their characters will re-shape with their actions depending on the principles or ideologies they live by. They take us intimately into the mind and soul of their heroes and villains, and show us what drives them towards their thoughts and actions at any given scenario. Granted that not all books are realistic, and life is, more often than not, stranger than fiction, but good books (also news articles, good blogs, etc.), can be very convincing, and I believe provides good exposure for everyone. At the very least it would prompt us into thinking as to how we would approach the same dilemma and would react in that given situation.
Books opened up the world to me. It introduced to me so many possible opportunities that a lifetime can offer. It expanded my dreams beyond the perimeter of the country where I lived in that time. It showed me that there's significantly more to explore, and shouldn't limit ourselves to what our parents or teachers or friends tell us. It also taught me to how to listen to others attentively, to sort out which stories have merit, to search for my own facts to validate or disprove, and to finally distill what lessons I can from it. And most of all, it set the stage for my own life story, and demonstrated to me that everyone is a writer, our life our magnum opus, and how we write it should never be controlled by the destructive actions of our antagonists, but by the strength and principles of our protagonists.