With nights drawing in and the weather getting colder, there is nothing better than snuggling up in the evening with a good book. Reading has once again become mainstream, with headlines this summer dominated by Fifty Shades of Grey, and the boost that it gave the literature world. With plans to turn the series into films, it will join The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games in creating a worldwide franchise.
This got us thinking about the legacy left by good literature – in 50 years time will people still be raving about teenage vampires, or will the world have moved on? Russian classic Anna Karenina seems to have stood the test of time, with the recent adaptation by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard, featuring Keira Knightly and Jude Law, storming the box office. Just in time for Christmas yet another version of Dicken’s classic Great Expectations will hit the big screen.
Downton Abbey is another smash hit, representing upstairs/downstairs life in the early 1900s, a time of F. Scott Fitzgerald, DH Lawrence and A.A.Milne- names that are still well known and loved today. Stories encourage imagination, and offer an insight to other lives and other worlds, so don’t rely on the films, dig them out of storage and read them yourself.
Electronic books have risen and risen in popularity over the past few years. Whilst it is great that people are indeed reading, and have found a convenient way to be able to carry around the latest novel, experts are saying that the huge increase in children’s e-book sales could lead to a generation of people growing up reading more from Kindle screens than from real books. But will we ever move on completely? Who doesn’t love the smell of a new book, or the satisfaction of closing the last sheet of a 500 page novel? Are children’s books the same without the matching illustrations?
Recently, a rare first edition of a Peter Pan book was donated to a charity shop- JM Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens was in a bag of books and bric-a-brac left anonymously at the Oxfam Book Shop in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. When the shop realised what they had, it was sold at auction for £1,700.
Books can have a lasting legacy and can be very desirable, after all they are called ‘classics’ for a reason, with generations who love to come back to them time and time again. It’s a wonderful feeling to pass on your favourite story to someone else to experience the same joy.
Here at ABC Selfstore, we have the perfect place to look after your books for you, whether a priceless first edition, a much loved childhood book, or scribbling you have done yourself and can’t bear to throw away. We will take care of them all, so pop in to see us at our sights in Camden, Southwark and Wandsworth, and see how we can help to achieve your ‘happily ever after’…