When I reach the end of a book, I begin to plan when I will read the last pages. Sometimes I cannot say farewell to a story and the characters, so I delay the moment of ending my beloved book. Because I know, when I end the book, the relationship between me and my book is over. Then the book will swarm around in my thoughts and before I know it I am already up in another world in the next book.
In the Dutch television show ‘Benalie boekt’ the Dutch writer Tommy Wieringa speaks of recreating life on paper. And the life that rises from the paper. The interview is located at a chapel and he speaks to God and says he himself is more powerful. This is a real strength; the ability to conceive lives that only exist on paper and are lived by the author’s imagination. This image also made me think of the film ‘Ober’ by Alex van Warmerdam, in which the characters are rebellious to the author during the writing of the script.
The creator of the stories raise semi-lives which are connected to me. With each book I finish, I say goodbye to people who are not there. Not only the characters but also the environment and timeframe. One consolation; I have locked all these elements into my bookcase and I can wake them up whenever I want. These are the magical powers of the reader that I possess.