Be sure to visit the original post at Booking Through Thursday for links to all the other entries–they are really fun to read.
Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.
What do you read?
I would turn to something that I’ve read before. In all honestly, it’d probably be Stephen King, for several reasons:
- His books are easy to get sucked into, and therefore perfect for distracting me from thinking about my troubles.
- His books are really long, so they guarantee as many hours of distraction as I need.
- His characters are suffering things that are far, far worse than anything that’s ever happened to me, but since it’s not realistic, it’s entertaining and not depressing.
- Even though I know where the story’s going, Stephen King’s books are filled with marvelous digressions of character and back story that never cease to surprise and delight me when I’m rereading.
BTT also asks:
(Any bets on how quickly somebody says the Bible or some other religious text? A good choice, to be sure, but to be honest, I was thinking more along the lines of fiction…. Unless I laid it on a little strong in the string of catastrophes? Maybe I should have just stuck to catching a cold on a rainy day….)
I would not turn to my Bible as a way to escape from my troubles. When I’m ready to deal with what’s going on, I would definitely turn to the Bible to help me connect with God, probably by praying through the Psalms. Reading the Bible has never been “warm and comforting” to me, at least not in the way the question is worded. It can be a source of comfort, but it’s comfort I have to work for and be ready for because I have to get involved and confront my pain.