Friday, January 05, 2007
Got your attention didn't I? One of my favorite aspect of fantasy books is the idea of sorcery. I love the idea of being able to cast a spell, or concentrating one's power to achieve the desired result. It's so much easier than having to be a scientific genius isn't it? But when I look around my little world, I realize that most of us are quite skilled illusionists without the use of sorcery. Women are masters at this. We use make-up to make our faces appear brighter and flawless. We use clothing to push-up certain assets or tuck in other parts we wish were a little smaller. And if that's not enough, we can even go so far as to make the changes permanent. For example, I grew up with a mother who had surgically...ah...enhanced a certain part of her anatomy. Now, if I was a sorceress I could simply cast a glamour that would make me appear any way I wished. But in the "real" world, people are often opting for more lasting changes. And isn't it a tempting thought? I wouldn't mind the easy route toward slimmer thighs, though the idea of lipo scares the bejeesus out of me. So far I have not done anything surgically to myself, and I doubt I ever will. I mean, look at Burt Reynolds for Pete's sake, he looks like a scared jackal after all the face lifts he's had done. But I wonder if the glaring faults I look at everyday are what feed my desire to escape into the world of fantasy. Maybe there's a part of me that's looking for a more perfect world, an easier way of getting what I want. Maybe that's what we're all looking for, but we go about it in different ways. I escape into fantasy fiction, or sci-fi movies, while someone else might choose a romance as an escape. And I also wonder why some people are content to live with their imperfections while others spend thousands of dollars trying to improve upon nature? Are those of us with a rich fantasy life maybe lucky that we have an escape into another world? Personally, I tend to think so. Whenever I have a bad day, or like many women, have a "I'm feeling fat" day, I can curl up with a good book and kind of lose myself for awhile. I think that's a lot better than losing myself in some celebrity rag that only encourages things like anorexia or excessive plastic surgery. I've been asked why some people like sci-fi and fantasy and others don't and I have no idea why that is. But in an odd way, I feel lucky to be the sci-fi geek I am. It gives me a much needed break from the real world, and if I didn't love it so much, I wouldn't have met all of you, my beloved blogger friends.