Fan Mail Answered - Books Should Be More Than Entertainment
Brent sent me an email about The Wyrmling Horde, and the inspiration he received when reading about the "Bright Ones". Read my response and my thoughts on why books should be more than mere entertainment.
Dear Mr. Farland,
I recently finished your last book, the Wyrmling Horde and I felt impressed to send you an email to thank you for your writing.
Whether it was meant to or not I found great inspiration in your writings about the beliefs of the 'Bright Ones.' The most profound one for me was that it really matters what you do, even the smallest of acts, because it effects your spirit, which is eternal, your physical body is not.
You may not have written it in those exact words, but that is how it came across to me. I hope that these type of themes may continue as I thoroughly enjoy your books.
Thank you. I don’t get a lot of mail dealing with this topic. While my novels feature wonders and battles alike, I firmly believe that books should offer something more than mere entertainment. Ideally, every book that we read would offer some insights that are profound enough so that as we examine them, we become better people.
For that reason, I was quite pleased a couple of years ago when I got a note from a minister who had purchased a copy of The Runelords for each person in her congregation. She said, “I don’t know what you believe or what religion you are, but your insights into the nature of good and evil are brilliant, and I wanted my parishioners to enjoy them as much as I do.” That made me feel great.
On a lighter note, I was visiting a school a couple of years ago, and one of the elementary teachers was reading the quotes at the heading of each chapter aloud, pointing out to the other teachers and students in the school how profound they were. She asked, “Where did you find these? Are these from Shakespeare, or Gandhi, or the Bible, or what?” She couldn’t believe that a bald old author who was writing goofy kid’s stories might also have a serious side to him.