Post By: Ms. Bliss
A very interesting phenomenon came to our attention during our last Giveaway.  Entrants were asked, “If you could trade places with any book character, who would it be and why?" Of the over 560 people who entered, 29% listed a magical/paranormal figure as their answer. Of that 29%, 13% were Harry Potter characters and 9% were Twilight characters. These percentages far outweighed the other genres!

When we are young we experience an intense fascination with magic. As we grow older and our belief in magic tends to wane, we insist on solving the mystery or for some, discounting magic entirely.  Relegating it to child’s play. Yet, statistics will prove that our fascination in magic endures!
In childhood and teenage years when we are learning, changing, evolving into adulthood reading brings us outside of ourselves. It allows us to immerse ourselves in new worlds and new adventures that require nothing more of us than to engage our minds, and BELIEVE!

Now, as adults, dealing with life and the changing evolution of society and global concerns, this escapism has become more than a respite from the stress of our lives.  For many of us, loosing ourselves in the pages of magical adventures has once again ignited the flame of childhood wonder. As the phenomenal success of Harry Potter, Twilight, and others can attest, it is not only the young who embrace these stories.  Perhaps we are filled with melancholy and yearn to revisit our youth. Perhaps we crave a release from the day’s stresses. Or perhaps, immersing ourselves in the wonder of magical worlds leaves our hearts a little brighter; our burdens a little lighter and brings a spark of hope that remains long after.  And perhaps this is the true magic!

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