I love when the story leads the story. Fiction in books (or movies, or TV shows) is wonderfully descriptive, giving us an opportunity to reflect on and admire the power of the written word and to acknowledge how the text affects us.
Metaphor emerges in any number of great stories and in every medium…and often the fictional texts in larger stories have dark trails, carry hidden dangers, or reveal disturbing truths about the worlds in which they exist.
I have compiled, for your reading and viewing pleasure, a list of five fictional texts that appear in other stories–books that can bestow tremendous powers, or bleak truths, or valuable knowledge, and which may command exorbitant cost. Some are equally useful and dangerous, some are potential weapons loaded with nefarious purposes…
Incheridion (Adventure time)
drenched in Enchiridion Adventure time knowledge; Pendleton Ward’s bizarre cartoon has replayed it again at various points in the series, although his first appearance – as a treasure trove to be won by Finn and Jake, who know a few of his formidable powers – is one of my favorites. Episode title “The Enchiridion!” The episodes follow Finn and Jake as they navigate trials to recover the legendary volume, which is rumored to contain all kinds of advice on how to be a hero, like “How To Kiss A Princess” — Finn discovers that special tip in the episode’s final moments.
After a few misguided epitaphs, Enchiridion rears its ugly head once more memorably in “The Lich,” bringing out the dark potential of the book at the end of the sprawling bush across the multiverse that bleeds through the early episodes of Season 5.
Enchiridion is attractive because of its duality. It contains secrets, knowledge, and powers beyond the purest human imagination. Every “good” action or outcome that can be achieved can lead to unexpectedly risky or nefarious consequences. Underneath all that eccentricity and parody, Adventure time He likes to wrestle with concepts like the true cost of power, and Enchiridion is a prime example.
I guess you haven’t heard of it before crawling king. It’s a shame, but it’s not your fault either. Artist/animator Einar Baldvin’s book of scary stories and illustrations was funded on Kickstarter with $100,000 and released in 2018, but has since faded into obscurity after this initial run.
I was one of the lucky few who did get a copy, and I firmly believe it deserves more attention, if you can find or borrow a copy.
crawling king Collects burnt and destroyed handwritten documents chronicling the fall of Gildenbray. The once thriving kingdom has been overrun by terrifying monsters and evil beings. Gildenbrae descended into madness and chaos, ruled by the whims of villains and toothy monsters.
as a graphic novel, crawling king immerses readers visually and artistically in fallen Gildenbrae. Each story appears in scrambled and hasty handwriting, as if the documents were the writer’s last attempt to warn the survivors of the horrors that have engulfed the kingdom. There is a sense of urgency to the documents peppered with haunting illustrations depicting the beings now ruling Gildenborough.
Taken as a collection of cautionary tales, the stories are within crawling king Capture the darkest moments in a formerly prosperous kingdom, leaving the reader brimming with awe…but compelled to keep turning the pages.
Death note (death note Japanese comics)
The pen is mightier than the sword inside death notewhich makes for a delightfully harrowing animation as we witness Light Yagami writing the names of his victims in the treacherous volume.
The Death Note drives the plot of the anime, giving Light the ability to kill anyone just by writing his name in the book while he visualizes the face of his victim. The notebook itself looks rather ordinary, although it has disruptive capabilities within its pages. It’s the only folder on this list that’s the most dangerous for what it is Could you It already contains Do Contain. And what exactly does it contain? A long list of creepy and weird rules about how it works, and it makes up an encyclopedic instruction manual for would-be killers.
If the Death Note falls into the wrong hands (and I assure you this often happens in the show), the consequences are dire. additional, death note He hides his narrative in a paradoxical mystery. We, the public, know very well what a notebook can do, but the detectives tasked with tracking the Light down don’t. This makes for a lot of exciting storytelling moments, driving viewers from episode to episode.
Kings Road (Storm Light Archive)
Read Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy novel Kings RoadAnd you may find Dalinar’s quest to follow the teachings of the Honorary Book somewhat impressive. He wants to be a respectable and kind leader, so he reads the fictional text known as Kings Road By order of his late brother King Javilar.
Read on in The Stormlight Archive, and you’ll realize that each character plays a desperate game of political chess, each controlling a handful of pieces and endlessly vying for the upper hand. Javelar’s demand that Dalinar stick to the old volume seems much less altruistic as we learn more about the book’s complex history (not to mention Javelar’s complex motives).
Sure, forty proverbs to live a dignified life as espoused by the former Knights of the Radiant might seem like a harmless read. Along with the ever-disintegrating facts and insights that put those lessons into context, however, Kings Road It doesn’t seem very clear.
Of all the fiction books on this list, I think Kings Road It poses the least immediate danger, in the grand scheme of things. But the motives and intrigues that led Dalinar to embrace it, and the secrets it contains, provide some of the series’ darkest mysteries and revelations as the epic story continues to unfold. And of course, we are still discovering abundant secrets Stormlight Archive, Find out more about the history that led up to it Kings Road And the events that caused it to fall so far are beyond the scope of its popularity.
John Stevens’s Beginning Book Trilogy pits three siblings against a world turned upside down, a world twisted by time and a supervillain spanning a generation. At their disposal throughout the series are three books: Emerald AtlasAnd fire factsAnd black account (These are also the titles of each book in the series.)
The Beginning Book series presents Kate, Michael, and Emma Webberley with a host of challenges and puzzles, leaving them to discover the powers of their Deciding Volumes as Dyer Magnus seeks to stop them. It’s a series geared toward young adults, but adult readers will also appreciate the twisting plot, which is packed with strong themes and characters.
Every fiction book has a unique and beneficial power. Emerald Atlas, Kate’s book, allows her to put pictures on the pages and travel to the point in time they were taken. In the end, Kate was stuck in the previous decade with no way back, trapping her in a terrifying and unfamiliar age. These books give power, but those powers can be derailed.
fire facts And black account Each comes with its own unique powers, which I won’t spoil here as they appear in the two sequels.
I remember devouring this series as a teenager, and yearning for the next once I’m done Emerald Atlas. Stevens builds a series that puts real power into the books, which resonates with me as an avid young reader – but also applies dark twists and consequences to those powers, bringing stakes to 11 as the trilogy unfolds.
What do I miss?! I’m sure there are many, many great examples to discuss, so please share your favorite volumes of fiction in the comments below.
Cole Rush writes the words. Many of them. For the most part, you can find these words in The Quill To Live or on Twitter Tweet embed. Avidly reading epic fantasy and science fiction, he searches for stories of gigantic proportions and devours them with gusto. His favorite books are: divine cities Robert Jackson Bennett series, The Long Road to Angry Little Planet by Becky Chambers, and House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune.