I Internalize Fiction

Fantasy World Map

It has become apparent to me that I internalize the fiction I read and love. The thought suddenly struck me when I noticed a wasps nest outside my apartment door and my very first thought was “Shit. I hope those aren’t tracker jackers.” Which, of course, are genetically mutated wasps that are featured in The Hunger Games.Β This forced me to consider other things I think and do that are clear indications I’m perhaps getting a little too into the books I love.

I always explore (lock myself into) any wardrobe I’ll fit in.

When I’m scared of something, I attempt to cast aΒ Riddikulus spell at it. Please note, this failed miserably against the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.

I think about the things I can carry in my purse that would allow me to survive in desert island situation.

I frequently speak to or at least around trees just in case they turn out to be ents.

I’ve spent a significant amount of time thinking about which class I would most excel in at Hogwarts. (It’s charms)

I would very much like to own a mockingjay pin- just so people know where I stand.

The good news is that I’m quite prepared to live in a dystopian society wherein young wizards are sent into an arena to magically duel to the death but also may get spirited away to a happier, although not always peaceful world, if they stumble into the right furniture or cave and maybe if they make the trees in the arena angry enough they will come to their aid and fight for the good of all mankind. I’m totally prepared for that world.

70 thoughts on “I Internalize Fiction

  1. I think we’re long lost twins. Seriously. I think our parents had sex and some of our DNA got mixed up in some kind of twisted medical dilemma.
    Either I’ve been watching way too much Grey’s Anatomy, or I’m a genius.

  2. Katherine Kelley says:

    I, personally, like to split my time between Hogwarts and Camp Half Blood, although being a demigod *and* a witch can be trying at times. Such high expectations and all. πŸ™‚

  3. I am so totally with you and the map is brilliant!.

    I must read the hunger games but I’m only half way through Percy Jackson, I’m lagging behind.

  4. Corey says:

    Since I finished 1984 in 2008, I’ve been confused and scared to write in a journal in the same room as my TV.

  5. So I had a wasp flying around me while outside last weekend and after a few moments of sheer panic where all I could think of was ”TRACKER JACKERS!!!!” I proceeded to run squeeling through the yard to get away from it. I’m so glad to know I’m not alone in my crazy.

  6. When I saw the title of this post, I thought, “I totally do that too!” But I didn’t realize you meant to this extent. πŸ˜› However, whenever I finish a book I feel as if I’ve been bodily extracted from the story and just feel a bit empty, wishing it was real. Some prime examples are The Shining, and more recently War of the Ancients and Chronicles of War, which were my guilty nerdy pleasures for a couple of months.

    That map is pretty awesome too. I’m excited Terabithia is on there πŸ˜€

  7. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has that problem. I tend to fall for fictional guys, and then belatedly realize they don’t exist.

    I talk to trees, explore caves, and imagine the massive rocks in my town were created by Gods as a place to hold their own court.

    Guess that’s why in the other half of my life I’m an author. Lol.

    Keep reading and internalizing that fiction.

  8. “That’s the worst of girls,” said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. “They never carry a map in their heads.”
    “That’s because our heads have something inside them,” said Lucy. -Prince Caspian. πŸ™‚

    Incidentally, I just bought a mockingjay pin. You can get them for $14 bucks on Amazon. A bargain!

  9. Ha! I’m with ya, sister! I killed a wasp in the house yesterday and I went through the exact same thought process! And let me just tell you, that sucker would NOT die! Four ‘thwacks’ until it stopped twitching. It was actually quite upsetting and ultimately made me ponder my position in the universe. Who am I to steal the life of such a fighter? (I think I would definitely suck at Defense Against the Dark Arts. I would keep trying to tell myself Voldemort doesn’t REALLY want to kill me, he’s just wrestling with the demons of his past.)

    1. Haha! I always feel a little guilty for killing bugs, so I would probably not fare well in any sort of Hunger Games or Harry Potter situation. I could probably get the job done but I would for sure go crazy from all the guilt afterwards.

  10. bitchesincorporated says:

    What if the wizarding community exists and they had a collective “oh shit, how do the Muggles know?!” moment after the HP books were published?

  11. Love =) I completely understand what you mean …. when I’m tired I consider clicking my heels together to get straight home. And, when I’m walking thru the park alone, I sometimes want to listen to what the flowers have to say.

    Of course, the one that happens always is when I see a plate of little cakes – or cookies – I look for the “Eat Me” sign.

  12. Haha this is brilliant! I always think about what house in Hogwarts i’d be in, either Gryffindor (obviously) or Hufflepuff. Which house would you be in? You NEED to know this, just incase there is a Hogwarts for adults… πŸ™‚ xx

  13. Tammy says:

    Yup, you could be my kids….we’re never really in “this” world around here. It’s always a vehicle for the best fiction! You’re so cool – great blog!

  14. I think we may quite possibly be soul mates. With that said, I am totally prepared for this world, too. All it needs is a few vampires and it’ll have me won over completely.

      1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I just want one in particular. As long as I can have Damon Salvatore, I won’t ask for anymore blood-suckers. It may be slightly dangerous if we plan to be the only humans about…

  15. I just watched The Hunger Games last night. πŸ™‚ I have a feeling ‘…And may the odds be ever in your favor..’ will be used A LOT for awhile. lol. Loved that movie.

  16. At least I’m not the only one. I’m about half as twisted…I mean, um, influenced as you are. But it’s really bad for me if it’s live action. I come out of a movie feeling like I’m in the movie. That’s all well and good if it’s a comedy or something. But it’s why I can’t do the zombie or horror movies. I end up looking over my shoulder for days, expecting to get killed at any moment. Or worse, expelled.

  17. I hear you. And they should teach that map in high school geography. In a formal work meeting recently, someone was struggling to describe the impact of a colleague and in the end went with, “…well…they’re basically just like a Dementor…” and nothing more needed to be said. What would we do without our fictional worlds to help make sense of the real world?!

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