To Be or Not To Be?

You have three hundred words to justify the existence of your favorite person, place, or thing. Failure to convince will result in it vanishing without a trace. Go!
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“How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

It was true 200 years ago and it’s still true today. Books are an inexhaustible source of information, entertainment and inspiration. They can be lifetime companions and intimate friends. They see us through our trials of despair and disappointments, during moments of joy and times of boredom when we are in desperate need of escape. Books help us grow and learn. We carry their stories with us in our hearts and pass them on to our children.

Through books we can travel through time and read the words of those who came centuries before us. We can escape to new worlds that haven’t been discovered yet or only exist in our imagination. We can see things we’ve never seen, visit places we’ve never visited.

Books move us to tears and laughter. While reading them our hearts beat faster and feel fuller. Goosebumps cover our skin, chills tickle our spine, and our stomachs swoop with excitement and fear. Hunger gnaws at our bellies and desire burns. Our minds are utterly captivated, our imaginations enchanted.

How then could something so wonderful, so compelling, so magical as a book cease to exist in the world? It cannot be borne. Are we to be deprived of such objects that have defined generations? It cannot be. Life as we know it would not exist without books, and it would certainly be less enjoyable. Is there anyone who can say they have not enjoyed a good story?

Books need no justifying. They justify themselves. They’re more than ink and paper and glue, more than letters turned into words, turned into images in our brains. Books are the keepers of worlds and histories, of love and hope. Books will never die.

 

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Writing prompt Do or Die provided by Daily Prompt.

 

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