Nobody said this life was going to be easy, did they? Chances are wherever you're living right now, whatever you're going through, you could probably use a word of advice. Oh, not from me, I wouldn't presume that my advice is worth anything. At least, not to you, since we don't really know each other. But as with other posts I've written for ADSactly, I encourage you to give it a look and take what you need. Who knows, maybe you find something worthwhile on here...
Personally, I've always drawn comfort from the books I've surrounded myself with. I read to know I am not alone in the Universe. And besides, even when you're facing something sad or just awful, it's nice to see someone else went through something similar and was able to make something so beautiful out of it. There's beauty everywhere and to me, that's a really redeeming quality for this world.
But enough of that, here's the plan. Since I don't know you and can't really know what would be best for you at the moment, I figured I'd share with you some quotes of wisdom by various fiction authors. The only catch? They have to at least be related to a different Universe. It can't be something from Sophie's Choice, for example, because that takes place here, on Earth. So, anything other than Earth (and preferably not the obvious Mars or what have you).
1. J.R.R. Tolkien
It's easy to see why so many people, across so many generations, take pleasure in the Tolkien classic, The Hobbit, or indeed, the famous trilogy The Lord of The Rings. Funny that Wikipedia lists The Hobbit as a children's fantasy novel, which I suppose is in the end true. But all the people who had a soft spot for it were adults. Many read it as children, it's a staple of several childhoods, but what is interesting to me is that they've kept their love of it even now, when they are much, much older. I suppose it just goes to show what a truly remarkable book can do for a child.
There are so many gems of wisdom packed inside The Hobbit alone that it's hard to choose just one, but I think we'll have to limit ourselves to no more than 2 or 3 quotes for each author, otherwise this post will drone on and on.
Something truly amazing about Tolkien's books is that it did what every book sets out to do, but very few manage to. It inspired people to go on an adventure, it showed readers that really, there's no point in hiding in your little home, afraid of everything out there. Sure, awful things can and probably will happen, but if you don't set out for adventure, you'll miss out on so many great ones and those aren't worth missing for fear of a few scraps, are they?
2. JK Rowling
It seems only natural that I would follow up the incredible Tolkien with another much-loved children's classic, the author of the great Harry Potter series. Like with The Hobbit, I've come across loads of grown people who are crazy about Harry Potter, dressing up as characters, collecting trivia and readily giving out their Hogwarts house to whoever asks. Now, how cool is that?
Again, few books that make quite such an impact and I think they should be honored in any way possible.
Like The Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy, the Harry Potter series is a tale of adventure, of unsuspected courage and of pulling through, even though at times, it seems impossible. The fact that Harry starts out an orphan, although terribly sad, is also a very interesting part of the story. To me. It shows that you can survive really adverse conditions and you can live, those bad things that happened don't really have to define you.
I think that's why people like this series so much, because it teaches them they can survive. And imagine being told that as a child, the message is a lot more powerful to a child and I honestly believe that if a child grows up on a good, steady diet of adventure books, they'll be more inclined to pull through later in life.
3. Terry Pratchett
Now, this might not be a children's classic, but I know a lot of adults whose lives have been impacted by the great Discworld series nonetheless. I recently read a story about a woman who found the strength to leave an abusive relationship in Sir Terry Pratchett's words. Again, how amazing is that?
Spanning over 40 novels, the Discworld series is one of the lengthiest fantasy sagas out there. Touching upon everything from death to religion, to magic and to potatoes, the series does not focus on one particular protagonist, but rather has several, most notably perhaps Rincewind, the unlucky (or lucky, depending how you look at it) so-called wizard who has a knack for getting himself into trouble, but also for getting out of it.
In case you're not familiar with it already, I highly encourage you to get to it ASAP, not just because it's a phenomenally well-written series, but also because it mirrors the society we live in and will undoubtedly show you a few things about your own life and Universe.
A few honorable mentions
While the worlds out there are many and all of them impressive (and, for the right people, utterly life-changing), I don't think it would do to dwell on each, but I will dwell on some. First, among our honorable mentions is a quote from the incredible A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin (aka Game of Thrones).
Don't you just love how many on these quotes are about courage? As well as about fear. Seems to me that, before love and before death and before anything else, courage is the theme that has most fascinated writers throughout the history of the world.
The next shoutout goes to Neil Gaiman's masterful children's book, Coraline, a story about a little girl ignored by her parents who finds her way into a mirror world, which turns out to be much much darker than it seems. A great read, both for children and grown-ups alike, Coraline's plight will undoubtedly resonate with many.
There are many worthwhile fantasy worlds out there.
What's your favorite? Do share with us in the comments! And what's your favorite fantasy quote?
Authored by: @honeydue
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