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 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?
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 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?