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Switching Places

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If I could switch places with any book character, it’d be Bailey Clarke from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.

People read books to escape, to imagine themselves in another world or just to tune out the real one for a while. While some people wish that fictional characters were real, I wish that I could go into their worlds, to witness the imagery that I only see in my head with my own eyes, to meet these heroes and misunderstood characters in person.

Bailey Clarke is one of the main heroes of Morgenstern’s book. The timeline of his narrative crosses over the other heroes’ until they meet together in the climax. Bailey isn’t one of the main magicians or performers of the circus — instead, he’s a young man who just falls in love with the circus itself. Just like the readers, he becomes entranced with the magic and becomes pivotal in helping to rescue the circus. His journey to save the circus also saves himself, as he finds where he truly belongs in the world and what he is meant to do.

There are, of course, plenty of other literary characters that I would love to switch places with — Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Aech from Ready Player One, Bilbo Baggins or Éowyn from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings — but I believe Bailey Clarke fits me best. To see the wonder of the Night Circus, to figure out the purpose of my life, to find and keep a beloved ring of family and friends…

I wouldn’t mind being Bailey Clarke in Morgenstern’s world.

What about you? Any certain characters that you wouldn’t mind trading places with?

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Homesick

Ever get that homesick feeling for a place that doesn’t exist? That pit of wonder nestled in your stomach for adventure or a new risk? I can just imagine that this is how Bilbo Baggins felt when thirteen dwarves and a wizard invaded his home to invite him on a quest to defeat a dragon.

I’ve just started rereading the Prisoner of Azkaban on my little journey to reread the Harry Potter series before diving into the Cursed Child. The Cursed Child is chilling on my bookshelf, waiting to be cracked open. Who knows, perhaps Rachel and I will read it together, each of us voicing certain characters as if we were on the London stage itself.

We may have the opportunity to go to London with a couple of good friends for the Cursed Child plays, probably next April during the school vacation. Rachel and I have never been out of the United States. In all honesty, the farthest we’ve been away from home is Disneyworld in Florida. Usually we hop a state or two away to a rented house by a lake. London will certainly be an amazing adventure if we’re able to do it.

Not only that, but yesterday Rachel and I were looking at homes, places from some “$50k and Under Places to Buy” list that I found while wandering the Internet. There was one property that was definitely a fixer-upper, but it had 6 bedrooms and we could just imagine what we would do with all that renovating space. A couple of offices here, a video game room there, an aquarium for Rachel in that room…

It made me homesick for a place I had never been. It’s a feeling I get once in a while after a really good reading session, but it’s leaked into reality, and all I can do is tack these on the “Things I’ll Do One Day” goal list.

We’ll see what happens.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Home

 

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Fantasy Vacation

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

My family doesn’t go too far, in all honesty. Usually we rent a cottage by a lake, but the past couple of years, a few of us were lucky enough to go to Disneyworld once or twice.

Vacations are fantastic. They’re great when you want to catch up on reading, sleep, hang out with family and friends that you haven’t been able to see in a while… While going to Disneyworld or by a lake for a while is wonderful, I wonder sometimes what it would be like to vacation in one of my books’ worlds.

Like Hogwarts, or the wizarding world at least. Let’s all go shopping in Diagon Alley or drink butterbeer in Hogsmeade.

Or how about the gorgeous lands around Rivendell or the Shire in Tolkien’s Middle Earth?

Let me dive into the virtual reality OASIS of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One,” or spend weeks exploring every tent in Erin Morganstern’s “The Night Circus.”

Were would you like to go on your fantasy vacation?

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Home

 

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