What fiction has taught me

This is the first time I’m writing for the Teens Can Write Too blog chain and I’m glad that it’s for such a great topic.“What works of fiction have taught you by example, and what did they teach you?” Reading has been such an important part of my life and for so long that it’s difficult to say exactly what each book has taught me but I’ll try to at least cover the main ones.

As clichéd as it is Harry Potter. It has been so important in my life, it taught me to love reading. It taught me that it’s important to stand up for what you believe in and that if you think that something isn’t right you should do something about it.Every time I reread it ( and I’ve done that quite a few times) I discover something new in the story. Most importantly it taught me the importance of being different.

The Giver by Lois Lowry taught me the importance of being your own person, the importance of questioning. It also made me realise how lucky I was living in the world that I live in. It made me appreciate colour, music and the fact that I can make my own choices.

1984 by George Orwell taught me the importance of language and more precisely the importance of the sheer number of words we have that have the same or very similar meanings. Can you imagine a world where a word can only mean one thing and the opposite of good is ungood. Where no piece of literature is open to interpretation and everything has to be taken literally.

The last book that I’d like to mention here is A Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni as it made me realise that way a book has been written and perspective that it has, can change your opinion on the story entirely. It drastically changed the Mahabharata for me.

Anyways here is the rest of the blog chain.





















25th – [off-day]





30thhttp://maralaurey.wordpress.com/ and http://theedfiles.blogspot.com/

31st – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)


8 thoughts on “What fiction has taught me

  1. These are excellent ideas! I know that Harry Potter definitely has an air of justice to it, and encourages young readers to jump on those ideas. On the other hand, I do so love The Giver as well, and there’s so much to dig into I don’t know if it’s even possible. *sigh* Anyway, these are excellent lessons you’ve pulled: thanks for sharing a little insight. 🙂


    1. Thank you. Those two were actually the first books that came to my mind when I heard about the blog chain.I know the giver despite being such a short and simply written book has so much meaning behind it. Me and a friend of mine have spent hours talking about it.


      1. It’s been six years or so since I read Giver, but I read Son a few years ago and adored it, and I just got the first one for my birthday, so here I am, excited to fall into the series again!


  2. Jasper from the 29th here. I was interested to see Nineteen Eighty-Four make an appearence on your list of educational books; it also makes an appearence on mine (it’s my favourite novel). When I first read it, the concept of doublespeak haunted me the most – it seemed the most scary branch of language ever devised and deployed. I wanted to ask, Was this similar for you?


    1. I think that doublespeak is one of the most effective way of manipulating a large number of people. I think that the most haunting part was that people were ready to believe whatever whatever that was said to them blindly. Like war can never be peace but nobody was questioning it.


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