Is Reading An Escape? – Guest Post by, Jaq D Hawkins at TRSA

Reblogged from The Story Reading Ape:

Do you think of reading as an escape?

It’s a phrase we all hear many times. “I read to escape,” or “I’m going to escape into a good book.” But what do we really mean? It’s a question that has niggled in the back of my mind for some time, but Fantasy author V.E. Schwab actually put it into words in a recent article on the website, “Escape from what?”

My own attitude towards reading has always been more of a comparison to taking an exotic holiday, especially when reading science fiction or Fantasy because the alternate worlds can be very different from normal reality, yet it applies to other genres as well. If you read a Mystery or Romance novel set in a country other than where you live, a good writer will give you a taste of the location and it’s almost like enjoying actual travel to the country. A novel in the Historical Fiction category can take you to another time and place, similar to participating in a re-enactment society.

Reading can be an escape from a dull or unpleasant situation in life, but for the majority of people who are generally happy in their lives, the ‘escape’ is an interlude, a little time in a different world where ordinary cares and stresses are forgotten for just a little while to deal with whatever conflict drives the story instead.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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4 Responses to Is Reading An Escape? – Guest Post by, Jaq D Hawkins at TRSA

  1. Many thanks for sharing, Sue 🤗❤️🤗


  2. Patty says:

    Reblogged this on Campbells World.


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