You’ve probably seen a bunch of Facebook posts identifying this week as “International Book Week” and asking you to do the following:
Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your Facebook status. Don’t mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.
It doesn’t seem too unlikely, right? We’ve already got a ton of observances that we celebrate during the year, and some of them ask you to do some pretty silly stuff. (I’m going to try to convince the neighbors to celebrate “Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Day” by painting my fence. I think Tom would approve.). Another one- especially with “international” in the name – is likely to slip by with a minimum amount of examination. However, the truth is that there is no International Book Week. It’s an internet meme with no basis in any formally recognized literary observation.
It’s like playing “Opposite Day” when you were a kid: a chance to break the routine and indulge in a little silliness. I suppose in that sense if if anyone wants to pretend that it’s “international book week” then as long as someone else in another country agrees with them then I guess that makes it so.
I don’t know where you are, reader, but I’m betting that we can have our own little “International Book Week” celebration here at Suvudu. Let’s change the rules as little bit, though. Instead of pulling the fifth sentence from page 52 of whatever book happens to be closest to you, how about we change it to the nearest science fiction, fantasy or horror book? Find that book and quote the sentence as a comment on this article, and since we’re changing things up, why don’t you share the title and author of the book, too?
“We all have our psychological scars.”
- Paprika, by Yasutaka Tsutsui