Sunday, June 9, 2013
I don't believe in the ability of an individual to create fire, rain, winds, or to do spells that cause people to fall in love or to destroy each other. However, I do accept that these kinds of things may actually exist. There is so much about how our brains work and what we can do together to change things that I can't completely dismiss the possibility. This is probably what draws me to writing about magic or special powers in my books. It is a way to ask questions about how that kind of power might impact someone and what types of decisions that person would be making in order to harness and use or diffuse that power.
As I've been writing my YA Fantasy series, I've delved into lots of magic myths from around the world. It has been fascinating to learn not only the differences from one culture to another but also the similarities. There is definitely something that ties us together throughout cultures and time in the way we form ideas about the world and how we live.
Another definition to consider. This is one of the three definitions of "Wonder" in Mirriam Webster's Dictionary. "rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience." That is how I approach magic.
What do you define as Magic? If you enjoy reading books that have magic as an important part of the plot or world, what is it that draws you to those stories?