Word of the Day Wednesday: Mage

This Word of the Day Wednesday is inspired by Daley Downing’s book Rulers and Mages.

A few months ago, my friend asked what I was currently reading. I told her about the impressive YA book that I was lucky enough to “early read” called Rulers and Mages. She then asked, “What is a mage?”

I puffed out my chest all knowingly and said, it’s like a wizard….. a warlock…. a fairy…. yes, it must be Faye-related because the book is bursting with magic and fairies.

Anyway, I wasn’t convincing of my absolute knowledge of magical terminology.

She gave me a knowing look and I sheepishly Googled it for us.

Here is what I found:

So that is the exact definition according to Oxford Dictionary. No more faking it for me for a while.

If you haven’t read Downing’s The Order of the Twelve Tribes series yet, you really should. (That I do know.)

Happy Wednesday!

-Rach

Magic: Age Isn’t Relevant

People of all ages love books about magic. (I also understand that people of all ages dislike books about magic.) Today we will focus on the former, and not the latter.

I remember when publishers redesigned the Harry Potter books to look more “mature”. I picture a man in a business suit, hunkered down with The Sorcerer’s Stone. On his way to close a multi-million dollar deal. Hat pulled low, in an airplane seat, giving the person next to him the side-eye, praying they don’t recognize what he’s reading.

Pardon the digression.

Anyway, I was just sitting here thinking about why adults continue to love fiction and magic. Here is what I came up with.

Escapism

Escapism is an appealing part of magic for everyone. Living in a world where there is still so much to discover. We can leave our assignments and jobs behind and live through the characters. How wonderful is that?

Possibilities

In magical realms there is an abundance of possibilities. Many of the rules from our world go out the window: gravity, time, travel, death, etc. In the magical realm anything is possible, but that’s not to say these worlds are without rules. As we know, there are still always rules to be broken. The rules in the magical realm are exciting, but they aren’t OUR rules.

Innocence

Innocence may be the strongest driving factor for adults who read books cpntaining magic. For those of us that still peak a little further into the back of a closet, or poke our heads into the attic, or who still hold on to the tiny shred of hope that our invitation to Hogwarts is on the way, we are reluctant to let our innocence vanish.

In a world that feels uncertain, it’s comforting to allow ourselves to believe. Not only in the possibility of magic, but that people can rally a together and beat “the bad guy”. That the good guy CAN get the girl, and that maybe, when we are challenged, we too will rise.

What keeps you reaching for those books about magic?

-Rachel