How someone interprets something is based on two things: how the information is relayed to you and how your mind translates it. I’ve been an avid reader for more than half of my life and one of the biggest issues I’ve had with literature is how information is presented to me. Often I am instructed how to interpret the elements of a book in order to get an understanding of its intention. That limits my imagination, and that frustrates me. The joy of reading is in experiencing something you have never experienced before. We read to escape.
Wording is the fundamental principal in the art of interpretation. Writing is comprised of one or two elements: intellect and intuition. Intellect is defined by conscious reasoning whereas intuition isn’t. Intellect yields different opinions because it is based on the belief system of the individual and intuition is based on reality.
“Of course, I thought he’d finally cracked, but then he mentioned Thomas. You see, Thomas had told him about a place called Arcadia …’ His voice trailed off, and he exhaled. ‘Arcadia is a world at the centre of the earth.” Taken from Talisman Of El, Chapter Five
The quote above is from the scene where Charlie (main protagonist), Alex and Richmond meet Derkein Odessa for the first time.
Below are two forms of interpretation in regards to the above quote.
Most of us are fascinated by the concept of alternate realities, but how can we as humans, who barely understand our own existence, expect to rely on conscious reasoning to explain something we do not understand?
How can a world exist without a vacuum?
Intellect is infectious. We are not born with it. We adapt to it.
Intuition is ignited when the individual is ready.
We all know how to walk. Let’s all learn how to fly.
Author Alecia Stone
Alecia Stone is the author of Talisman Of El (Centrinian, 2012), the first book in the Talisman Of El trilogy. She graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period of time before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. Her fascination with all things supernatural sparked her obsession with books, particularly young adult fantasy fiction, which she has never grown out of. She was inspired to become an author after reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen at the age of fourteen.
In 2008, Alecia started working on Talisman Of El, a contemporary young adult fantasy fiction inspired by people who disappeared mysteriously, including, but not limited to, Amelia Earhart and Percy Harrison Fawcett, who went on an expedition in search of an ancient lost city. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling.
Talisman Of El is her first novel. At present, Alecia lives in England, United Kingdom with her family.