Wednesday, October 31, 2012

No Tricks, Just A Treat

The King & Queen of Hearts  & Co. visit the LMC.

Yes Virginia, celebrating literature can be fun!

That's our story and we're sticking to it.

It's not that we don't have ample opportunities to dress up for fun at Horizon. Between Homecoming and Hoopcoming there are ten days for stepping out of your comfort zone and playing along. But there's something special about October 31.

As someone who reads and writes I have to stand up loud and proud for a day that at its heart celebrates the power of imagination. Whether you choose a costume inspired by a book, comic, movie, TV show or anime series, all of those worlds and characters began their life with the written word.

In today's world we're surrounded and obsessed with pixels and megabytes and all manner of digital increments that mean something to someone, somewhere. It's too soon to tell what type of legacy they'll have over time. The written word, however, has endured feast, famine, natural and man-made disasters and the digital revolution.

Lewis Carrol wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland back in 1865. Disney made the animated film in 1951 and Tim Burton gave the story his own spin in 2010. Alice-inspired comics and anime are popular outside of the US and England. For 147 years Mr. Carrol's mere words have inspired and entertained people all over the world. What could be more powerful than that?

So if you're not into costumes or dressing up don't worry, you can treat yourself to a good book anytime. 

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