I recently finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
And in one word, it was powerful. The vivid images that the words create throughout the story and the perceptive examination of the Afghan history and how it influenced Afghan individuals indeed deserve a National Bestseller.
However, what I briefly want to connect and share is not about the plot or how well the author related cultural issues to human emotions. Rather, I want to mention the role the book plays as a spreadable medium.
Now days, with global networking and advanced technology, I think we often undervalue the power of books to ‘spread’. Of course, books are probably not the most spreadable media. However, I think there are certain things within us that speak better through creative words.
Afghanistan is something we hear or read quite often in the paper or on the news. But none of those ‘media’ touched me. Although created through the mind of an unique individual, the novel allowed me to relate more closely to the situation itself, conflicts, and most importantly the culture. Through the protagonist Amir and the appropriate shifts of time period within the plot, I was able to look at things from a different perspective, perhaps partly from a perspective of an insider.
Before I finish off, I want to connect the ‘book’, more specifically, a novel, to a debatable topic: intellectual property. What defines uniqueness or originality? And if I were to write a novel that deals with similar themes, plot etc. to The Kite Runner, am I violating Hosseini’s intellectual property?
Unfortunately, I am not an expert on intellectual property, and nor is intellectual property universally defined. But it definitely allows us to think. From onwards, I will touch more upon intellectual property and continue to develop ideas on it.