One of my all-time favorite hobbies is reading. My life consists largely of reading, in a variety of forms. Of course, I generally read everything except the things I am supposed to, such as for classes in school. It's amazing. Any time I have to read something for school, something else will miraculously make itself known that is far more interesting to read than my school stuff.
But anyway, I read a lot. I love reading books especially. I also read newspapers, online articles, emails, blogs, magazines, random papers I find lying around, comics, reviews, and just about anything else I manage to get my hands on. So to recap, I read a lot.
Currently, I am reading "The Bourne Supremacy" by Robert Ludlum. I admit that I saw the movies before reading the books, but hey, at least I am reading them. I was fascinated by the movies, and the books have me even more captivated. So far, as I consider the two different versions, movie and book, I must say that I like them both. The books, of course, are better. But I still really like the movies. The movies stray quite a bit from the story told in the books, but given that the author worked with the people who made the movies (the new ones, that is, starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne), I see the movies not as a butchering of the books, but rather as an alternative direction the story could take. I think that's pretty spiffy.
Anyway, back to my point. When I get into a good book, the captivation I mentioned above is practically literal (pun intended). The book holds me hostage, and I am its captive until I have finished reading it. I love getting lost in a book. One of the best things about it is how it fuels my imagination, and when I'm not reading (but also sometimes when I am reading), I picture myself as a character from the story. I'm sure you can see where this is going.
From time to time, since I have been reading the Bourne books, I have become an assassin suffering from amnesia. My life is in danger, and I find myself able to do things without thinking, and without knowing how I came to possess this immense knowledge I have. I speak multiple languages, am familiar with a variety of cultures, know people whom I don't know I know. I find that I am an incredible martial artist and have an unsurpassed skill with weapons of which I can't pronounce the names. I am a deadly shot with a gun, I know the workings of a lot of governments, and I know exactly how to get what I want. All this, and I'm clueless as to who I am and how I came to be here. I love the whole premise for the story.
The beauty of this is that I am able to escape my reality at will, exploring new vistas and broadening my horizons. Plus, it's fun, relaxing, and adventurous. And it's never the same twice, even if you're reading a book over again.
That's it, I can't talk about it anymore. Time to get reading.
Wait, that's not my name. Or is it?