So you know those people who see you crying in public and ask what's wrong? And you sob about how you're favorite book series just ended or how you still aren't over that one character dying? And then they're all.... it's just a book.
Okay, so I've actually never had that scenario happen before but my point is, I'm sure we've all heard that phrase before, the "it's just a book" or "it's just a fictional character" the "it's not real" and the "don't worry it's just a book you'll get over it", "you'll survive". And, okay, I just... I HATE this phrase, this term, whatever you want to call it because I'm sorry, it's NOT "just a book".
Don't tell me that, because you're telling me that I'm stupid to feel so much because "it's not real" or "it's just a book". And I KNOW most people who say this aren't trying to call me or anyone else stupid or anything, but it belittles my feelings. If those feelings happen to be for a fictional character that doesn't make them any less valid!
My emotions for books:
When someone says "it's just a book":
Now. Why do I hate this term? First of all, it belittles my feelings. My very real emotions that I feel very strongly most the time. And, it belittles books. I understand there are people out there who don't love reading and don't feel the way I do about books and fictional characters, but they are much more than "just books". By saying they're "just books" you're undermining the fact that books change lives and change people and can mean everything to someone. Do you know how many people say they would not be who they are today without Harry Potter? Or without whatever book they read that made them fall in love with books and made their whole lives better? Books are IMPORTANT.
My point being (and this became quite long winded considering it was just a short paragraph to begin with) I hate the term "it's just a book".
I hate the term it's just a book. Because it's not just a book. It's a whole world. It's a dream. It's magic. It's everything you want from life.
It's real people in the form of fictional characters and a magic you can live in and feel and breathe and BE. It's relationships that make you feel. You that give you life.
Adventures that you can go on anywhere, anytime. It's everything you want but can't have or haven't found. It's everything you need between the pages of the book.
It's real feelings; real pain inflicted and felt with just a few words.
It is NOT "just a book". It's so much MORE than that. It's EVERYTHING.
Ignore the last gif, I couldn't find one I liked to end this with. =)