Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Welcome to the library, young man*

Can anyone remember this movie? As I recall, it's not a great one, but it did struck something deep in my heart. It spoke to me. Basically, it's about a cowardly boy who - in trying to escape some sort of storm or other natural  phenomenom - ends up locked for the night in a library. The boy then is then somehow sucked into some sort magical dimension and has to find the exit with the help of three animated books (Adventure, Horror and Fantasy) whilst living through episodes of a lot of literary classics (Gullivers Travels, Treasure Island, The strange case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, etc). Oh, and there's a huge dragon (for some people this is a huge selling point). As I said, it's not a great movie. But what makes it so important is that it tells of the wonders of reading. I love books. Always have and hope I always will. Books can take you on such wondrous journeys through space and time, they can enlighten you, brighten up your days and help you turn the most dull moments into perfect little escapades with the help of the voices of some the most ingenious and unique people in the world. And there's so much out there! More than you could ever hope to read in only one lifetime. In fact, I'm gonna stop typing right now and go grab a new one...

*Christopher Lloyd, The Pagemaster

1 comment:

man said...

hahaha... see mine dear