"This is my favorite book in all the world, although I have never read it."
Happy Monday, and welcome back to school. . . for everyone except those of us living in Seattle, that is! It's been such a crazy few days for us here since school was supposed to start five days ago! But the amazing Seattle teachers here are still on strike! Without standing on my soap box for too long, it doesn't doesn't make sense why the district would ask teachers to do more work but refuse to pay them more money. Of course, in some ways, it does make sense--the school district wants to save money and is hoping that teachers won't be able to make them pay them more.
It always comes down to money, sigh.
Sooo...That's why today's literary quote--the first line from the novel The Princess Bride-doesn't make too much sense at first, either. When you first read the quote, you're like, "What?!? How can you love a book you've never read? That's a contradiction!" But then you wonder, "Hmmm. . . well, I suppose it could just refer to a story someone HEARD being read aloud and didn't actually personally read it." And if you thought that, you'd be exactly right.
The protagonist of the book, William (or young Billy), hated reading as a kid. However, when he got stuck in bed for a month with pneumonia and a broken radio, his dad brought in a book called The Princess Bride--a fantasy "tale of true love and high adventure"--and it was so good that Billy couldn't read enough after that.
Billy's experience with reading makes us wonder--do kids really hate reading or do they just need to find the right book? For instance, if someone said, "I hate food," do you really think that he or she hates eating or is that he or she just needs to try something new? I mean there's a lot of food--and books--in the world, so you just have to find what works for you.
Renegade Thought of the Day: What's your favorite thing that you've never done?
What's your favorite book that you've never read?
What things do you read besides books?
Renegade Challenge: Be the expert--the next time one of your friends complains about not having anything good to read, help your teacher out by making a suggestion. After all, you probably know your friend's tastes and interests the best!
Bonus Video: Watch one of the funniest scenes from The Princess Bride movie below. Are you smarter than the Sicilian genius Vizzini??? Think before you drink!