This is why I love books; the alternate realities they allow readers to become a part of is inspiring.
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Sitting so delicately in one’s hands, words are launched out into the world, creating a butterfly effect. Responding to one another and flicking ideas back and forth, words breathe life into thoughts, changing everything from the moment that word is uttered. Liesel understands how wonderful and important words are. She holds them close, uses them to heal Max, and saves them from burning to ash. She doesn’t waste them, and treats them like a china doll—precious, beautiful, and in need of care.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
This particular scene—and the whole book, really—stands out as a reminder of how friendship is a pivotal backbone to the Harry Potter series. The last two pages of “The Quidditch Final” bursts with pure happiness and togetherness as the students— minus the Slytherin students, of course—embrace one another after Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup. A positive energy wafts off the pages. In this moment, the story transcends the world of wizardry bordering muggles. This scene is of friends enjoying the moment, of a team reveling in their winning the big game. Whether good or evil, wizard or muggle, hippogriff or werewolf—the celebration of happiness amongst friends seems relatable here.
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Sometimes, the hope that there is a far-away land where kids can always be kids is all you need.
Window is open and I’m waiting, okay Peter?
Lately, I have been receiving a lot of unsolicited advice from people I know about how to be successful in the “adult” world. (What really makes a person an adult, anyway?) I have been told to never frown, always agree, be personable but not too open, never cry, and do what you’re told.
Did someone forget to tell me I get to become a robot, too?!?!
Now, I’m not saying that you should walk into class or work sobbing or ranting on about something that is bothering you, but the advice to basically forgo all emotion to be “professional” seems a little far-fetched and unnecessary to me. What if Luna Lovegood had shed her quirky character and clothing to “fit in?” What if Cinderella didn’t sneak out to go to the ball? What would have happened to Arendelle if Anna wasn’t brave enough to think with her heart? The endings of these stories wouldn’t have been the same. The characters wouldn’t have been worth writing about.
Every character I’ve ever loved and sought to be like has been brave, unique, honest, and unapologetically themselves. So, to all of the Lunas, Cinderellas, Annas, Hermiones, Harrys, and Bilbos, don’t be afraid to be different, to be honest, and to be human. The beauty of humanity is the ability to feel, to laugh, to cry, and to be wonderfully flawed.
Gayle Forman, If I Stay
Gayle Forman, you got it right with this quote. Adam expresses that Mia is a complex, deep person. He seems understands the many levels she has, even though he might not understand every level.