Hello folks! Hope all is well across the Netscape and that you are geared up to enjoy the holiday break coming up. T’is the season to sit back, relax, and catch up on all that reading you haven’t done because homework, Fallout 4, and Star Wars have laid claimed to what free time you did have. We’ve all been there. The books have missed you.
Speaking of books, I can now finally unveil to you my master plan for world domination via the usage of literary characters!!!!!
Wait…hang on…wrote that out wrong. Okay, let’s try this again. Ahem.
Speaking of books…I can now finally present to you Fictionality: The Master Plan for Tackling the Hard Stuff That Life Throws At You via the Usage of Literary Characters!
Come the new year, also known as 2016 Year of the Nerd/Endless Possibilities, I will be posting a six-part blog series that will deal with issues. Major issues. Ones you may have heard of, experienced yourself, or know of someone who is dealing with them. I’m talking Real Life stuff that you whisper about on anonymous social media apps but can never get any sound advice or answers to those questions people are too afraid to ask out loud in Real Time. Why? Because it needs to be said.
Believe it or not the Library is a place where the Knowledge of the Universe is kept. In this place of the sacred understanding of space, time, and all things of this world librarians have access to information outlets that go above and beyond whatever Google can bring up. Open a book and words are there. Dive into a database and the outlook is infinite. Questions that have always been harbored in the back of your mind, or under your bed, can now come forward and be answered. I’m just going to be the one to hold open the door and let the breeze in.
So what is with the Usage of Literary Characters then?
Good question. Each subject discussed will be represented by a fictional character. Some you may already know of. Others you may not. Each one is a literal representation of the issue at hand. Through them words take on a clearer meaning and can be easily relatable because who on this rock we call Earth doesn’t have a fictional character or ten that they see and value as a close personal friend? Friends that you can trust and who always have your back even if they only exist in the realms of your imagination.
Me? I’ve got an entire Lord Of The Rings sized cast taking up residence in my brain matter. They are my version of a Patronus that I conjure up whenever Life throws a hand-grenade my way. I’ve slogged through that barbed wired stretch of No Man’s Land that exists from the moment when Things Get Real Due To Getting Older so I’m sending over some experienced reinforcements to help you navigate whatever pitfalls may lay in your path and they will be bringing along information you can access from the library, your keyboard, and even your smartphone. And I’m pretty sure that they have some funny stories to tell along the way.
So without further ado I’d like to introduce to you a few close fictional friends of mine and the important and sometimes difficult issues that they will help me tackle in the telling of it all. Meet…
-Toothless: Bared Teeth, Bold Heart (Bullying/Cyber Bullying)
-Fili: Learning to Rule (School/Careers/Personal Finances)
-Scrat to Skywalker: Attack of the Stress Squirrel (Stress/Stress Management)
-Gandalf: The Battle with the Balrog (Depression/Mental Illness)
–Inigo Montoya: Waiting for Vizzini (Anxiety/Social Stigma)
–Regina: Forging the Dragon Lady (Self-Esteem/Self-Actualization)