In case you haven't heard, Penguin POV (point of view) is basically "a program for Young Adult novels. These novels fill the silence that surrounds difficult topics. They are perhaps the rarest and most special sort of books*". Novels include many well known, "edgy" ones such as:
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- ...plus a lot more.
Basically, Green speaks about the most important thing books can do.
Now it's your turn, what do you think books do? Escapism? Entertainment? I know that's what came to my mind.
His very valid point is this: books help us think about what to think about.
Not how to think. Not whether or not to think. It's because we choose what we want to think about, so what he means by this is that books can help direct us into thinking about something more.. meaningful. He brings up some simple but very common examples.
I don't want to keep elaborating because I know I will just get everything confused and twisted. All I want to do is recommend you to go to this link and watch the video (mostly the first 20 or so minutes), then if you want, come back here and leave a comment telling me what you got out of it. There are a lot of other videos from various authors as well (I liked the Jay Asher one too) if you're interested.
I don't think the video necessarily changed the way I feel about reading, but more like it brought out another aspect of reading into focus. Now being aware of something like this, I think it might change the way I interpret books after finishing, maybe now instead of thinking love triangles, I will be thinking character journeys and underlying themes.
What do you think is the most important thing books do?
*source: POV website