It was a quiet and kind of dreary Easter, so I curled up on the couch and alternated between napping and reading Artemis Fowl: the Time Paradox (Young Adult Fantasy, 391 pages) by Eoin Colfer .
Sometimes, I wonder how much of my personal reactions and things going on in my own life I should allow to slip into my reviews and observations of my readings and my movie reviews. As I work to produce and maintain a more professional internet presence, I keep thinking that the thoughts echoed by my own experiences aren’t exactly relevant to the outside world and those who do not know me and do not know where I come from. Granted, there are probably not many people who are actually reading my posts, as the world today believes more in anonymous lurking and stalking and less in actual participation in other people’s lives, but I might someday be a big name in the book world and maybe people will look me up and want to see where I came from. Highly unlikely, but possible. I also keep thinking that one of these days I will get over my fear of breaking my website and learn how to hyperlink to the websites of the authors and the books that I read. But that is a task for another time.
I believe at the Artemis Fowl series has done a good job of showing the true progression of a character with a lot of bad traits and a lot of flaws into someone you actually want to cheer for and a hero that is worth potentially liking. In a weird and more subtle way, it shows that everyone has their price, a price that they will pay anything to achieve specific goals. For most, I would say that price is the health and love of those we care the most about. As the Artemis Fowl books continue to progress, the readers see that his love for his mother and his father has been the key motivating factor for most of his unpleasant expeditions. Everything he does from the very beginning is designed to care for his sick mother and find his missing father, though the missing father was in earlier books. For the love and well-being of his parents, he lies, cheats, steals, and commits a variety of crimes designed to generate enough wealth to save them. And it just shows that everyone has their price.
The style itself is pretty easy to read and I’m enjoying the series, even though books of this nature can be a touch predictable because you always know that the heroes will wind up on top and somehow everything will get worked out for the betterment of all during the story. Sometimes, the books with the pseudo happy and predictable outcomes are necessary to help get into the more depressing or complicated things we either might read or have going on in our lives and that’s one of the big reasons why books are one of the great entertainment escapes. For a couple hours today, I might have been able to believe in magic and that there might be special people out there who care enough about each other and the world to accomplish great feats together. I might have been able to believe in true friendship, fairy creatures, and an almost adolescent genius boy who has changed from selling off the world’s treasures and rare species to someone who is trying to save the world in whatever ways he can.
And that’s really the point of writing, isn’t it? To show the readers worlds that don’t exist and help them believe in things they might not otherwise, even if it’s only for a few hours.