‘Inkheart’ by Cornelia Funke

A book is a door that opens on a whole different, magic world. You just need to lift the cover to enter a new universe of wonders.

Alas, it seems like you are the only one allowed through that door. No matter how hard you try, what’s in the story, there it stays.

You can live great adventures and meet incredible characters, though once you close the book, they’re gone.

It would be such a great trick if it was possible to take those fantastic heroes out of the pages and into real world.

How brilliant it would be to actually meet those great heroes, those fantastic creatures, not just on paper, but in flesh and bones – or whatever they’d be made of…

Imagine that, with the power of just your voice, you could bring those characters with you through that door, right here in our reality.

You could have a lovely chat with Elizabeth Bennet, or enjoy the company of Dorian Gray. You could play with the Lost Children of Neverland, or start a new adventure with Huckleberry Finn.

You could listen first hand to the story of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, directly from Jekyll, or understand how Tom Riddle became Lord Voldemort, hearing the whole story from Dumbledore himself.

Then, of course, there’s the flip side.

All those fantastic characters are well aware of the rules of their story – their world. How would they react to such a world as ours?

Would they fear it? Would they be excited?

Would they try to conquer it?

Every passionate reader, sooner or later, finds himself wishing the story he’s reading could come true.

Well, this is what Cornelia Funke wrote about in ‘Inkheart’, the first book of the trilogy.

It’s a story about a father, Mo, and a daughter, Maggie.

Mo never reads aloud for his daughter – and he has quite a good reason not to, since last time he did, his wife disappeared and three strange figures appeared in his living room.

Those were the fire-eater Dustfinger, the hideous Capricorn and his faithful henchman Basta.

For years Mo and Maggie have hidden from the heartless Capricorn, though Dustfinger is the herald of the news that Capricorn’s men are on their way to find them and take the book away – the one they belong into, ‘Inkheart’.

For a few days, Maggie’s great aunt Elinor gives them a good hideout. Until it’s not anymore.

As you see, it would be great to ‘read characters out of a story’, only if you are careful about which one you pick.

Before leaving you to your reading, let me ask you a question: if you could, as Mo does, read something or someone out of a book, what would it be?

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