Changing Lives One Page,One Scene at a Time

Welcome to the California Bookworm. The place where life in California and the power of the novel and film come together to create what Bilbo Baggins once described as an adventure.

In the context of this blog, I hope to explore through review how books, as well as films, have the power to change someone’s life.

  • Why is it that when we go to the movie theater we walk in as certain individuals but walk out two hours later changed after witnessing the film?
  •  In the same respect, why do we as individuals start reading a book as one person but when done with it leave its pages as a new person?
  • Why do we as human being put so much value into attending the Friday night movie at the drive-in and spend so much time pounding our brains over the literary work of Faulkner and Shakespeare?

The truth is I personally believe the human race does the above things for a couple of reasons…

  1. Books and films show us universal truths that otherwise we as a nation are afraid to acknowledge for ourselves.
  2. Both are able to at times reveal aspects about ourselves we are unaware of and as a result, show us who we truly are.
  3. They say what we are sometimes afraid to express.
  4. They make use feel things we as people have never felt before.
  5.  Most importantly they bring us together with others in fellowship, giving us an unspeakable freedom both together and apart.

Therefore I would purpose that books and films change lives because they touch people’s hearts, make them think, give them answers and provide them with hope in a way that nothing else in the world can. Why else would people have their favorites?