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Should we read books to escape reality?

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Can novels change your perspective on reality? Should we read books to escape reality? It’s true that books are a means of escape from reality. Being an attentive and regular reader can help us maintain good health and overcome stress-related mental issues.

Moreover, reading a book regularly can also help in lowering and stabilizing our blood pressure and heart rate. In addition to this, reading a book can also increase our skills of empathy. I’m sure you would agree with me that all these depends on the kind of book you read.


Books had been a pathway and gateway into the mind since the millennia past. In this present 21st century age where humans desire to experiment with everything, where technology and machines have permeated the life and choices of the average individual. Getting information from Google or downloading an app that provides a solution for modern-day problems has now become the norm.


Reading a book and getting yourself lost with an imaginary character or scenery in the story has been known to be beneficial.

This act of bringing oneself lost in the pages of a book might be temporary. But it’s a valuable escape from the harshness and stress of the every day life.

We are living a life where we are too addicted to work and many other things; electronic devices taking our time. Reading a good book such as “Animal Farm” by George Orwell or “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift can help you take your mind off a stressful day.

Suppose someone continues to be busy without taking a break, he or she is likely to have some physiological or emotional troubles sooner or later. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex discovered that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It works better and quicker than other relaxation methods, such as drinking a warm cup of tea or listening to music

Reading books to relieve stress

The good thing about reading a book is that you don’t have to do anything much. All you need do is grab the book you want to read, and then relax and get lost in the literary world. Because of work and stress, we tire out and our brain cells loses their excitement gradually, which can anxiety, and depression to set in.

Good books are very helpful in helping us forget some problems of life. An escape that can help us ignoring those issues and reducing stress. Reading books helps us to journey beyond the struggles and challenges of reality into a literary world where there are no imaginary boundaries. This gives us a feeling of respite and helps to relax for the time being before getting back to work.

Living the characters of the story

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

When we read novels, instead of thinking about our issues, we transferred our thoughts towards the story’s character. The book’s characters help us forget our problems and start thinking of minor problems. It diverts our minds to an imaginary world where we interact and engage ourselves with fictional characters’ lives.

The moving figures on the surface of our mind is a kind of theater without boundaries for our soul. Other than sapiens, no other creature has full use of this capacity. We can drive our in-most thoughts and emotions to alternate fictional realities.

While perusing a book, one can see the great view that is engaging. Thus books do not startle anyone. Discussing one’s life, people are skilled at offering readers guidance about life, objectives, and aims.

People’s astonishing reality is that they appreciate seeing others enduring structural issues when they read it, yet disdain to experience the same.

Escape reality with writing

But do the writers fin an escape from the harsh realities of life through writing books?

It is a fact that writing a book also helps writers to escape the harshness of reality.

Because when a writer writes a story, he gives his complete attention to the book and the writing. He forgets himself, his surroundings.

When a writer gets very involved in his story, he becomes characters in his story. Sometimes, the protagonist and the other times, antagonist of his story.

It is the very demand of writing. If one does not get too involved with the story, one cannot write a good book. Because the required attention is not paid, and the focus is less. If the writer is lost, then there’s a high possibility that readers will get lost too. It’s good to get lost in a book once in a while.

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Reading a good can be medicinal even if it makes you cry.

On the other hand, writing a book is a thrilling activity, a journey that demands all from the writer.

The writer transfers himself into an imaginary world where surroundings and people are all at his disposal.

Most books follow a story where a protagonist is facing a crisis, which then forces a fluctuation. Being an avid reader, reading a book to escape reality helps people see and view the world from a unique perspective and a positive one.

Readers can also relate their problems and lives with the characters, and thus, they can connect with the characters and the story emotionally. It can help readers learn a lesson from a book’s characters. It can also help readers to get ideas on how to solve their real-life problems.

As you can see, reading a book can really be helpful in escaping the harsh realities of life for a while. So go grab a today and get lost to find your better self again.

Should we read books to escape reality? Please tell us your views in comments below.

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