"What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us."- Franz Kafka
The quote from Franz Kafka expresses not only how i feel about books, but about everything. Unfortunately not much today has that much to offer. It's hard come across something so honest it shakes you, and half the time people that do come across something that honest aren't honest enough with themselves to be shaken.
From the time that we are younger we are taught in a repeated pattern that has proves successful in some and leaves no room for exploration and creativity; giving us no real personal fulfillment, just the satisfaction of it being done. Our whole life we are taught to repeat what works or repeat what sells and this mindset has taken over everything we have, including personal creative outlets used to express ones self, their ideas, or their feelings.
Music has been turned into a game where the band with the most Internet views or the closest carbon-copy of the latest trends are labeled the best, where no on one cares for substance or the pain or how real other music comes across. People can't even take time to try and relate to music anymore because they are too caught up in fitting in or being accepted.
I can't help but to think that the same or a similar trend will follow in literature. the world is killing its creativity in fear of giving people a chance to do things their own way, and its scary the way people just get in line.