Friday Inspirations: V is for Vicariously Living Through Books



There’s a well-known line from George R.R. Martin’s book A Dance With Dragons: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” Truth! With that in mind, here’s 9 Vicarious Lives I’ve lived thanks to books…


  1. I traveled the galaxy with a towel. (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
  2. I’ve been a fairy captain of the LEPrecon Unit. (Artemis Fowl)
  3. I walked with Death during WWII. (The Book Thief)
  4. I got lost migrating south to find my bat colony. (Silverwing)
  5. I’ve been in a coma pondering whether I want to live. (If I Stay)
  6. I attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Harry Potter)
  7. I’ve been a vampire developing a conscience. (Drink, Slay, Love)
  8. I trained a dragon! (How To Train Your Dragon)
  9. And I fought side-by-side with the hottest samurai sword-wielding zombie hunter this side of the Mississippi. (Rot & Ruin)


What lives have you vicariously lived through books?


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Author: Heather Jackson

Heather is a freelance screenwriter, game writer, and novelist based in Toronto. For more, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @HeatherJacksonW

6 thoughts on “Friday Inspirations: V is for Vicariously Living Through Books”

  1. What a clever idea! Indeed, we have all lived vicariously through so much more than in actuality. I helped settle and terraform Mars through Kim Stanley Robinson’s trilogy, I accompanied Bilbo on his ring quest in The Hobbit (oh, and further adventures through The Fellowship of the Ring trilogy). I puzzled along in the mystery of Gone Girl. I wondered at what constitutes sentience with The Secret Life of Plants. And so many others! Thanks for a post that got me thinking.

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