How Do Novels Influence Our Sense of Belonging?

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Books are a great way to escape the troubles of the world and find a world in which you feel you belong, and they can also enhance our knowledge and feelings of belonging in the real world. Novels also fall into a category of pop culture, leading to conformity, both in good and bad ways. Books are create emotions in people unlike any other and these emotions help bring people together. Reading novels enhances both our understandings and feelings of belonging in society. Escapism is when a person turns to something more enjoyable and more pleasurable to get away from the harsh realities of the real world. Escapism is natural and healthy, allowing people not to be immersed in a world of depression. Krystal (2012) believes that fans of the fantasy genre need wizards and dragons to spice up their everyday lives. On the other hand, escapism can turn unhealthy and obsessive, leading down a path which isolates the person from the rest of the world, only belonging to a very specific group of others who do not belong. For many, reading books is pleasurable, but for some it is about “keeping up with the Joneses”. People hear that there is a hit movie coming out in the next year, and it’s based on a book, so of course they read the book before anyone else, just to try and get ahead. Ask them about their interpretations of the book, and they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you, as this isn’t why they read it. As Murakami (1987) said, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” This quotation isn’t all about conforming, it’s also about not conforming, and how reading books that suit the individual can augment that individuality and also their scope of thinking. The short film Tales of Mere Existence: “How to carry your books at school” (2010) is about a boy who learns that by carrying his books around in certain ways, he will get treated differently. In the end he does what everyone else does and wears a...
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