Let's Talk with Nancy J. Cohen
National Tell a Story Day
Today is National Tell a Story Day. I’ve loved stories ever since I can remember. The library was a fun place to go to find new adventures between the pages of a book. I shared a love for reading with my father. He got me into spy stories and action-adventure tales and thrillers. But before that, I grew up on Cherry Ames, Judy Bolton, and Nancy Drew. I remember the excitement I felt when my mother bought me a new series title. I couldn’t wait to crawl into a corner and read.
Stories entrance me. They take me far away anywhere I want to go, into any persona, from a historical era to a futuristic planet. I can have the grandest adventure, travel to places I’d never be able to see in person and learn about other cultures and history along the way.
Storytelling enraptures me so much that I feel sorry for people who are grounded in reality. You know, the Others who prefer nonfiction or—gasp—don’t read at all. How sad is their narrow world because they can’t enjoy fiction. I’m not talking about scientists who imagine new technologies and then create them. I’m talking about fictional worlds that involve human interactions and settings outside our normal boundaries.
To get absorbed in a story, to be immersed in a character’s life and share their adventures, is the height of joy for a bookworm like me.
It doesn’t matter how you get your fix. You can read print books or ebooks, listen to audiobooks, or go hear a professional storyteller at a library. Watching a scripted TV show can also immerse you in an alternate reality. Whichever way you find your nirvana, you’ll transcend your everyday life and experience adventures beyond your expectations.
As for those doubters who dismiss us saying, “It’s all made up,” I reply “So is half the news you hear on TV.” Stories pass along our human experiences, share our universal truths, and help us to understand our place in the world. And part of that place is to appreciate that we have an imagination unlike any other creature on Earth.
What is your favorite genre to read?
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