A Girl's Romance, Part 1: A True Story
There are many different ways for people to relax. Some individuals do yoga and some drink coffee. Others go outdoors and take a stroll through the nearby park. Photographers take pictures of their surroundings. For me, my relaxation can happen anywhere, anytime. My heaven on earth is finding a classic piece of literature refurbished. Most women have a glass of wine and lie on the couch or dedicate a Friday to dance the night away with their girl friends. I rather drift away to the life of literature.
Most teens and young adults around my age nowadays read teen fiction. This includes The Twilight Saga or Fallen. Me? I am in love with the classics. I prefer the writing style of my idol Sir John Milton and his beautiful epic “Paradise Lost.” Most will yawn at the sight of a playwright, but I can read the works of Sophocles and William Shakespeare over and over again. My eyes open wide at the sight of an anthology of Edgar Allan Poe or even Homer.
To me, nothing is more beautiful than words. Especially when those words are so carefully written: so perfect.
I have the upmost respect for the unknown brilliant minds behind the epic poems “Beowulf” and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”. Despite the fact that there were no such thing as ink and paper during their times, they had smarts and infinite imagination that have been passed down for centuries. For good reasons at that; they were amazing scops. If there is confusion on what exactly a scop does, no worries. It is extremely simple to understand. A scop is a poet or bard behind an event that recently occurred. An example, let’s pretend an epic battle had just taken place-Beowulf versus Grendel the Monster is a perfect illustration for this- the scop came out afterwards with his instrument and re-told the story of how the mighty hero Beowulf defeated the horrifying villain Grendel. Awe… Beowulf was magnificent. Basically, we can consider the scop to be a story teller.
I have always said, “Date a girl who loves to read. Marry her if she reads philosophy and enjoys learning about the rise of language.” Why? Because girls like them are not only rare, they enjoy the little things. They won’t want gifts in the thousand dollar range. They won’t care about being millionaires. Do not buy me jewelry because I do not want them. Buy me a book with golden outlining. Do not offer me an alcoholic beverage. I rather have hot chocolate or chamomile tea while I'm cuddling with my book and blanket. I don't want the world. All I want is the knowledge of speaking in Latin. I want to be fluent in the first language ever invented. I want a 100% understanding of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. I want to be an all knowing historian of the many epic writers who once existed.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy modern day novels. I adore Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Richelle Mead's Succubus Blues Series and the best selling Vampire Academy Series (I am team Adrian all the way!). Christopher Paolini had me in awe thanks to his series, The Inheritance Cycle. And of course, there is the amazing J.K. Rowling who wrote the best book series ever; Harry Potter. By the way, anyone who has the gall to say one negative comment about J.K. Rowling will have to come through me. Proceeding… Even though I cannot get enough of these top-notch authors, I still have the oldies but goodies pieces of work closest to my heart. They will never leave my book shelf even if I decide to move to the United Kingdom. And no, I will never ever get a Nook tablet. Nooks will destroy my escape route. I will never let anyone or anything get in the way of my perfect haven.
Till this day, my world contains the beautiful smell of fresh pages being turned for the first time. The excitement of me buying a brand new hard covered book and perfectly placing it on top of my lap. The physical structure of a book to me is sacred and comforting. There is also an added bonus of continuous excitement of wanting to know what will happen next.
Literature was my first love. It will always be there for me no matter what happens.It is my friend, my heart, my soul, my life, and my universe.