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Reading Horror Stories: A Test of How Far Your Imagination Can Go

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While some parents do not encourage their children to read horror stories at a young age , the stance presents contradictions against reasons in allowing their kids to take part in Halloween’s “Trick or Treat” celebration. Rather than cause confusion in a child’s mind, it would be better for parents to encourage reading even by way of horror stories.

The very fact that they wear costumes not associated with ghouls and ghosts, but of superheroes and fairy tale characters for a Halloween celebration, is confusing enough. Actually, the essence of Halloween today is all about hoarding as many sweet and treats as they can, and not at all for remembering the dearly departed.

Horror stories serve as tests on how far our imagination could go. As a literary work, it uses words to draw out images that have been stored in your brain. As opposed to watching a horror movie in which your thoughts run ahead of what you see on the screen, making you scream in fright or cower with fear without waiting to see what actually happens. The sheer visibility of evil incarnates, slashers, blood, gore, sharp steely knives, and carnage will no longer require your imagination.

The experience is different when encountering a horror story by reading. An evil clown is still a clown in your mind, even if mentioned as a character who makes a sudden and uncanny appearance. However, as your brain processes all the words used to describe the clown as an evil persona, your mind can form the most sinister-looking and frightening jester you could ever imagine.

Underscoring the Importance of Reading

Reading is quite important because it is only through reading that you can enrich not only your vocabulary but also your imagination. The broader your vocabulary, the greater your ability to comprehend and imagine what is being discussed or written. The higher your level of comprehension, the more confident you become, because you will find it easier to communicate and process thoughts. The better your communication skills the broader the range of opportunities that becomes available to you.

Actually the benefits of reading can go on, toward all directions as well as for different purposes: educational, political, spiritual, recreational or whatever tickles your fancy. Although there were boundaries on what you can read when you were younger, such boundaries are gradually removed as you grow older.

Once you have reached that stage, your appreciation of reading brings other benefits, such as having clear understanding of what and why some behaviors or concepts are inappropriate. In knowing how to differentiate right from wrong, and in being able to distinguish facts from fiction, you will find it easier to make informed decisions.