Book Chat Collective: Books that change the world


This week’s Book Chat Collective (hosted over at an-old-flame) asks can books change the world?

Just like Trina I initially thought of religious texts, whether good or bad it’s undeniable that they have had an impact on the world. Then I tried to think of other types of books. I could think of a fair few articles- Piaget’s articles on child development for example have had an impact on how we teach children- but then that’s not a book. And how about fiction books, have any of those had a big impact on the world? I suppose books like Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet have inspired generations of writers- modern takes on both stories seem to be coming out every day! So I suppose books have had an impact on the literary world. Then there are those books that may not have a giant impact on the world but have an impact on people who read them, that change their personal world. I’m sure that I would not be the same person I am today if I hadn’t read lots of the books that I’ve read. Lots of books have stuck with me- and that effects my writing style, other books have really made me think- and I’m sure that has helped form my world view, especially some of the books I read as a teenager.


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3 responses to “Book Chat Collective: Books that change the world

  1. I agree with you. I think I have been shaped by many of the books that I’ve read. Some have confirmed my ideas and others have challenged my ideas. Some have just provided me with laughter or mystery, and I think that has an impact as well.

    In addition to that, literature provides us with cultural references that we share with others in a society. I think that’s important for making connections and understanding things that perhaps others would be unable to make or understand.


  2. lucybirdbooks

    I didn’t think of the cultural references but you’re right- I mean there are plenty of phrases we use in life that come from books (either on a wide level or just between friends)


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