Is Immortality REALLY More Fun?

July 25, 2013 Fun Questions 4

Every Thursday I ask the question “Is fantasy REALLY more fun?” by jumping through favorite scenes from favorite books. I try to pick scenes that won’t really spoil anything, but will let you know if spoilers are ahead.
Is Immortality REALLY More Fun?

While many of our favorite characters face death constantly, quite of few of them would have immortality ahead of them if their lives were a bit calmer. Sure, vampires are the primary supernatural creatures that won’t die of natural causes – but how many of your favorite characters somehow end up having immortality ahead of them, even when they weren’t supposed to? I know I can think of a few (but I won’t name them to avoid spoilers). And I know I often think that’s awesome – they can literally live happily ever after.

But I’m reading Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian right now and in it death stops. No one can die (this isn’t a spoiler – it happens in the first chapter). Now, people are still getting sick and hurt and having to “live” with disgusting wounds, so it’s not the same as our heroes that are living forever with no illness, etc. But it makes you realize that death can be as much of a privilege as life can be.

So I got to thinking what’s good about living FOREVER? and what’s not so good? Keep in mind I’m not talking invincible – I mean even immortal characters can be killed. Here’s what I came up with:

Does the knowledge that your going to die make you appreciate life more? Or would knowing you’ve been given a rare gift make it that much more valuable?
So what do you think? Is fantasy REALLY more fun?
Let me know in your comments below 🙂

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

4 Responses to “Is Immortality REALLY More Fun?”

  1. Lauren

    Immortality is not for me. There is a cycle to life and immortality undermines it. Also, living forever while those around you grow old and die is devastating. Knowing that your time on Earth is limited makes you appreciate it all the more. Just my two cents :0)
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    • Berls

      Sorry to be responding so late – I’m in the middle of a move/starting my fall semester of Grad school and things have been very intense and busy!!

      I obviously have mixed feelings on the subject – but I tend to agree. I think death is part of life and, like you said, time limits make us appreciate what we have that much more! Thanks so much for weighing in 🙂

  2. timewantsaskeleton

    I don’t think I would get bored! As long as I could still get a passport, like if they had vampire airlines, True Blood style. And PhDs. Jeez, I might need to become immortal to have enough time to read all these books that I’ve been hoarding! Seeing so many people die would definitely take it’s toll, though.

    • Berls

      LOL traveling True Blood style would be pretty cool! And I think I need to be immortal if I’m ever going to get through my ever-growing TBR list!

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