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Random thoughts by Terry Roper   @r10library

Do you ever find yourself reading a phrase and being compelled to read that phrase aloud just to hear it in your ears and roll it around your tongue?  I find some words and phrases to be absolutely delicious and make a list of such words or phrases when I am in need of a literary pick-me-up.

My phrase du jour is willing suspension of disbelief.  According to my friend Wikipedia, suspension of disbelief is a term coined in 1817 by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgement concerning the implausibility of the narrative. (Suspension of disbelief}  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_of_disbelief

This phrase gives me pause–the action required is to stop or suspend your native skepticism, prior knowledge, or anything else that would stop you from buying into the scenario presented to you.  It seems like a contract the reader or viewer must enter into with the author or creator of the work in question.  The author must create a compelling enough scenario and we [the reader] must be willing to take that journey with the author or creator.  We have all seem movies that we did not enjoy as we could not buy into the basic premise or read books that we did not connect with because the plot or characters did not seem believable.

I think this willing suspension of disbelief comes more easily to children and maybe to dreamers.  As adults, we need to stay open to possibilities we initially tend to discount.  If we step out to meet the author and still can’t get there, we can give ourselves permission to stop viewing or reading but I think we adults need to make sure we have opened our minds to at least admit the possibility that the improbable can seem plausible, given the right treatment.

Don’t Stop Believing……Stop Disbelieving…..

Join me next Monday for a random, possibly provocative musing.

Terry Roper

Terry Roper

Terry Roper, Library Consultant for Region 10 ESC. has been an educator/librarian in the North Texas area for 22 years. She has worked on elementary and high school campuses as well as central administration. Ms. Roper has experience dealing with English language learners of all levels and works closely with the Region 10 Literacy Team. Terry loves dealing with literacy and information dissemination and talking about book stuff!

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