It’s one of those classic scenes. You’re sat by a blazing fire, there’s likely to be a stag’s head mounted on the wall above the fireplace and the only light in the room comes from the dim flickering of the flames. Drinking mead from a pewter tankard you notice a wrinkled old man sat in an ornamental armchair in a darkened corner. No one notices that he’s there until he unexpectedly clears his throat and with his age-creased hands clutching the end of a gnarled walking stick he leans forward and begins to tell a story…“Once upon a time, in a far away land there lived a bear called Rupert” or something like that at least. Everybody loves a good story; from period crime fiction to modern science fiction, fantasy fairy tales to frothy Mills and Boon books there’s something, however obscure, to get your pages turning. Whether you still take a guilty pleasure in secretly re-reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar every night, or prefer to flaunt your copy of War and Peace with intellectual pride at every possible opportunity, the art of reading is anything but dead.
Recently, I stumbled across a friend of mine (I study English Literature remember…we are all geeks) with a delightfully encouraging “Reading is Sexy” badge pinned to her lapel, and allegedly this is not just a fashion statement as recent surveys have shown that reading could be as effective as that new aftershave/mascara in terms of attracting the opposite sex. Of course it all depends on what you’re reading, and apparently if you leave the ‘3 for 2’ or ‘Richard and Judy’s Summer Read’ sticker on the front it’s a big no-no. Trust me, you’ll think twice next time you’re browsing the shelves in Waterstones.
If all this fabric fiction talk inspires you to pen your own literary creation then there’s nothing to stop you from writing your own masterpiece. Then all you have to do is get it printed onto your very own t-shirt and you’re a published author! Following the footsteps of J.K Rowling you could conceive the next Harry Potter off your own back. Just make sure you’re wearing a vest in case anyone tries to turn your pages or else you could have a bit of a situation.