Do the Stories we Read Influence our Decision?

Hiya bookish people!

I am not going to lie to you, I was so uninspired to write any posts for this week. I had absolutely no idea what I could write about, so, like a “quirky” teen, I put a post on my Private Instagram account and asked my class mates + friends what I could do for a post (totally not me low-key advertising AFCTL). Alexandru, a guy in my class from last year (10R1 may be 10RDONE but we are still the best class of 2018, not gonna lie) honestly saved my life by suggesting writing about how the stories we read affect our decisions. I grabbed the idea and ran - I have got so many ideas I want to jot down for this post, so buckle in!

Alexandru thank you so much for the topic!!

First of all, I think that I am definitely influenced by the stories I read in my everyday life. I have based a lot of the way I write posts, or create graphics, or even certain conversations on a character or plot line. I chose not to say something to be diplomatic, like Scarlett, from Aurora Rising. I try to get a rise from someone by being annoyingly sarcastic and sassy, like Aelin from Throne of Glass. Hell, sometimes just to stop myself from attacking someone I pretend to be an Avon from The Hunger Games! It doesn’t work too often.

And my decisions? Certainly! And I am not talking about how a main character might change your perspective on a topic, or how an author's personal motivation might make you change the plot of your book, but I mean our decisions. We make decisions to be kind, to start new lives, to make a blog, hell, we even make a decision about making a decision! But we don’t ever just make it. Subconsciously or actively we will be running through the effects of that decision. Will this upset someone? Will this affect me? Positively? Negatively? Do I really need that extra serving of food? Am I hungry, or just bored? And yes, I have just pointed out that we all make decisions, but now I am sure you are thinking: Emma, get to the damn point! What does this post have to do with books?!

Everything! We get influenced by people, speakers, television, and books that you read are no different. Perhaps you prefer nonfiction to fiction: Non fiction tells you what has happened in the world, and these stories of the world make you want to make the people around you better. The world issues, better. Your own decisions and motives and goals, better. And what about the fiction? Sure you can relate to contemporary: It is happening now, you can relate to the modern problems, you want to make the same impact as the characters do, you want to be better, or different, or empowering, or sit back and watch the world change. Dystopian? Well, that of course tempts you to change everything: the pollution, the people, the politics. But what about your decisions if you read fantasy, as I do? Fantasy, surely can’t be relatable. It has talking trees, elves, fae, hell, even mermaids! But yes, I am affected by these novels into changing my decisions.

My decisions are based around what I can see, hear, see and do in the world around me. Every different story has a moral message, and that is what affects me most, especially since I read fantasy more than books focusing on family relationships. Our morals are something controversial, perhaps they are even just a concept created by a higher power in the world to just placate us into making our own decisions within the bounds that they have set. But I am affected by the stories I read. I make decisions based on what I believe, and what I want the world to be. Maybe you read just for fun, which is okay too! So tell me, how do you get affected by the stories you read?

Credit to Thought Catalog (@thoughtcatalog) on Unpslash for the thumbnail image. Honestly, I word this part differently every time I write it.

Woah guys that got heavy! Sorry. So do you make decisions based on what you know from books? Any examples? Until next time, Emma.

10 comments :

  1. Wow, this is so interesting! I agree with you- the books I read really have influenced my life. Books have opened my eyes to so many things and been a huge influence on me forming the opinions I have today. I honestly think I would be somewhat of a different person without all the books I've read, and they've really shaped me into a better person! Great post <3

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    1. Thank you! I think I would be really different too! Thank you so much!

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  2. Don't mind me coming into a post from a while ago but I think this is such an interesting topic and I think you are right that books do affect our decisions. People are constantly evolving by the things around them and that includes what they read-- it can give them a new perspective or new topic to think about-- even fantasy which often includes real issues as well as magic. Books have definitely made me think about different things and open my eyes to certain things. They do effect my decisions that I make and for the better I think. I do read for fun but I also get so much more from them as well!!
    Great post!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I think they do since they stay in our minds and we start to think and relate and live our lives with the new information and thoughts we have formed around that book. Thank you so much!

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  3. This is a really interesting post. I've never really thought about it before but yes books do affect people's decisions at times. I don't really read them for this reason - I just pick up books that I like the sound of - but subconsciously, at the very least, they affect decisions at times. One small example that I can think of is coffee. I don't really drink it but I do sometimes find myself feeling as if I should as so many book characters are addicted to it :L

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    1. That's the same for me! I'm not necessarily looking for a way to change but I get given a new perspective and then I just.... continue it?
      I drink coffee but not many people do, I need it to survive at this stage because I'm a tired child

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  4. Yes that makes sense and is understandable, especially when it comes to books with deeper messages within them.
    I'll occasionally drink flavoured lattes and I tried a bit of a mocha that I made my dad once and really liked it but actual coffee I find too strong.

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    1. :)
      Yeah, I think I rely on coffee a bit too much to be worried about the taste XD

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  5. I have read your article couple of times because your views are on my own for the most part. It is great content for every reader. Stiiizy

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    1. That's great to hear! Thank you, I try to write for everyone, not just people who like books (although the topics certainly lean towards books)

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