Wednesday, June 09, 2010

When Reason Sleeps

He was reflecting on Goya’s ‘Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters’ painting. When reason sleeps it rolls out red carpet for hideous monsters. Then how can one explain the Fairy tales and imagined worlds of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings? Suspension of disbelief is important for all fantasy stories but they are not always monstrous. His train of thought was disturbed not by the jolt of the local train in which he was travelling but by intermittent giggles from two girls who were sitting across him. They were in a world of their own. For a second he envied them. All that mattered to them was keeping themselves updated about urban dictionary and twitter. Death of the noun, he told himself when he heard them for the umpteenth time say ‘thingy’. The chirpy girl was holding a novel. It was Rhett Butler’s People. People don’t seem to get over Dixie Land. So sleeping reason and monsters?! Not always.
He had to get down at the next station. He went up to the girl holding the novel and said as casually as possible ‘ She will not get him in the end’.
Startled from their shared reverie the girls said ‘Excuse me’
Pointing his finger to the novel he said ‘ I said Scarlett will not get Rhett in the end. And she loses Tara also to her scheming sister. Very tragic. And the way she dies is pathetic.’
He didn’t wait for them to react but scooted. As he walked away from the local he could not help from laughing, thinking and wondering at the same time whether the girl would continue with her novel reading with the storyline told by him fixated in her head. And if she actually completes the novel how outraged the little head might feel.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does every single recent fantasy series, to varying degrees, borrow heavily either from LOTR or Harry Potter? Or, at times, both.
Nice story, by the way. Now I know what to do the next time I come across an annoying fellow-passenger on the metro.