While I was taking part in Blogmas during December, I shared my favourite and most thought-provoking quotes that I highlighted on my Kindle in 2018.
One of the most interesting of these quotes was taken from Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell, which reads:
‘Stories are the only thing in this world that are real. Everything else is just a dream.’
I found this quote very fascinating, and slightly mystical. It also carries a lot of meaning, and Lisa Jewell has now explained some of the thoughts that went into writing it. The explanation is very philosophical, perhaps even slightly controversial.
Here is what Lisa had to say about the quote:
‘I could go really deep here. I mean this is pretty deep. The older I’ve got the more I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no point to anything. Everything is a big fat nothing. A rose in full bloom is only beautiful because our chemical and neurological make up tell us it is so.
A lion does not find it beautiful. An alien might find it repellant. It’s only perceived to be beautiful and thus important because it makes us peculiar and aberrative creatures known as human beings feel good when we look upon it. Without our gaze it is irrelevant.
I used to think that ‘everything happens for a reason’. I used to believe in fate. I spent a lot of time wondering about God and his existence or lack of existence. I used to think that someone somewhere cared about us all and was somehow ‘writing the narrative’.
Once your realise that there is no narrative, that all is chaos and that if the human race ceased to exist it would matter not a jot, that we are none of us important other than to each other for brief fleeting periods of time and that this thing that matters so much to us all could in fact be no more than a dream, or a crazy arcade game where the only rules surely are to be good, have fun and try not to fall off, then you realise the immense power of a story.
A story has a God, a God who cares about the people therein and creates a meaningful destiny for them. All the connections within a story have import, all the turns in the story lead somewhere, everything really does happen for a reason, and unlike in so called real life, the reader is witness to the end of everything when they read the final pages.’
Do you have any thoughts on this quote? What do you think of Lisa Jewell’s explanation? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading 🙂