Voyage of Discovery

Every time I open a novel, I feel as if I am going on a journey. A voyage of discovery with characters I do not yet know, but who I hope I will to come to love. That doesn’t always happen, of course, though I always want it to. I want to fall in love with the people an author has created, characters who have helped weave their story into a tapestry that becomes a finished book.

It is a sublime moment when I begin to fall in love with a novel and with the characters in it. Sometimes, when I am very lucky, it happens on the first page, in the first paragraph.  I find myself stepping onto the ship built by the author’s hands, riding the waves of the story with the protagonist as each new conflict is revealed, as each new hurdle is faced, and sometimes conquered. Sometimes, the hurdles conquer the characters, and that is interesting, too, for in life we all face defeat. What fascinates me the most is when the characters I have come to love rise from defeat to try again, to build their lives in a new way, making new choices, finding new roads. They patch their ship, and wait for the next wave. As a reader on the voyage with them, I hope that the next wave will reveal the first hint of dry land, an undiscovered country that might just be paradise.

4 Responses to “Voyage of Discovery

  • Absolutely wholeheartedly agree with every word you wrote and I couldn’t have said it better myself, Christy!

  • Christy
    8 years ago

    Thanks Kimberly 🙂 I guess we are all in the same boat…all of us are in love with stories…

  • Leah Weller
    8 years ago

    Christy, your thoughts are spot on! I came upon this on FB the other day and posted it to my wall and my DH totally agreed, LOL. It said,” Number 1 boyfriend qualification: Must know that I am currently in love with an infinite amount of fictional characters and will be totally okay with it”.

  • Christy
    8 years ago

    LOL Leah…so true. As writers and readers, we are in love with a lot of people all at once

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