When I was a little kid, I liked watching cartoons. Cartoon characters spoke in a funny way, their actions were similar to us, but exaggerated. Watching T.V. was my habit. However, I found T.V. programs that didn’t fully satisfy me since I was about 10-year-old. It wasn’t a problem if a T.V. serial drama wasn’t interesting, I could abandon to watch it. It was a big problem only if a T.V. serial drama that was interesting. After one episode finished, I needed to wait at least one day, sometimes a week for the next. Waiting for a day was acceptable, a week, it was too long, I generally forgot the last episode, my emotion was already gone.
Every episode of a serial drama was a new and individual drama. Thus, T.V. serial dramas were not actually a serial drama, they were not a long story. Instead, they consisted of several short stories with the same characters. Eventually, I realised the real meaning of a long story, that is, a long story has countless individual short stories, those individual short stories are related to one another. I often find T.V. serial dramas which have unrelated short stories, such as Sherlock Homles. So, I need to amend my definition of a long story. A long story has several short stories, they can be related or unrelated to one another. Only one component is unchanged, that is the characters. Once I like a story, of course, I don’t want it to be finished fast and I also don’t want to wait for a week. Thus, T.V. dramas cannot satisfy me.
Since I didn’t have full satisfaction with T.V. dramas, I started to watch movies once or twice a month. A movie is a longer story comparing with T.V. drama. Generally, the duration of a movie is 1.5 to 2-hour. This means, I can have 1.5 to 2-hour to live in a coherent story. It’s totally correct to say that a story is for me to escape from reality. However, I don’t have good patience to watch a 3-hour movie, I am also unwilling to consume 3-hour for entertainment. Although I don’t like reality, I still have to live in this real world. Also, a movie is impossible to be paused while watching it in a cinema. It’s like a train carrying passengers to their destination. No anyone can freely require the train to stop at an unplanned location. Passengers can only get off the train at one of a station on its planned route. Nevertheless, a movie doesn’t have any stations for you to get off. It runs nonstop from the starting point to the end. Certainly, I can pause a movie while watching it at home, I still don’t like to do so. A movie contains motions, sounds, actions and speeches of characters, to bring you to travel in the story, to experience incidents that characters are encountering. Pausing a movie is like to cut a whole flawless thing into pieces, scars would be left on it.
As T.V. dramas and movies have their own limitations, what else is good for me to escape from reality? Reading is a perfect option. I can buy a pile of novels and keep them at home. Once I have spare time, I can grip a novel to read for a while. Reading is like riding on a bicycle, I can start to read as I want, I can stop as I like. There are no limitations. The most important thing is that a bicycle cannot run fast, I can have more time to taste the plots in a story. Reading is also like listening to my friends’ stories. Those friends stay with me until the story ends. So, I love to read slowly if I like those friends to stay with me for a longer time.
I have already fallen in love with reading for a long time, it inspires me a lot. Initially, I hold the inspirations with hands, the inspirations are gone from my finger gaps like water. So, I try to use a bowl to hold them. The bowl can be full in a day, it is not big enough. After then, I use a tank to keep the inspirations. The tank can be full in a month. I look at the tank, “What can I do with the inspirations?” Writing should be a good method to thoroughly utilise them. Consequently, I start writing stories and prose.
Besides reading and writing, I have another good way to escape from reality, that’s having a daydream and sleeping to make a nice dream!