Heal With The Power Of Reading: 6 Reasons You Should Be Reading Marian Keyes

Books and words, they have the power to make you go through the days of high tide with your head held high. The stories are the shield that protects you from the jibes of the world, while the characters form a bond which even living beings fail to. An the best books belong to the authors who have a real knack of delivering the most complex messages, in the simplest manner. One such writer is Marian Keyes.

When you read her blurbs, she comes across as a simple chic-lit writer who can make you smile with her stories. But, it is only when you dig deeper and delve into the lives of her characters thar you realise how messed up those fictional lives are, and how they are struggling to breathe, just like you.

Here are a few reasons why you should read Marian Keyes, if you haven’t already.

She helps make mental health issues relatable.

In Keyes’ books, mental health is incorporated in a wonderful way, the way it should be dealt with in normal life. She does not use dramatic situations or poetic verses to describe the same. It exists, it is real, and you have to treat it.

She treats domestic violence as it is – REAL.

Her words are as brutal and graphic when it comes to portraying this stark naked truth, as they are humorous when the time comes. With the way she frames it, the reality hits where it should, out of nowhere, just like the first abuse in a violent relationship.

Despite that, she has a tinge of humour.

She will make you smile, because mental disorders are but a part of life while the rest of our life, including chic-lit affairs, happens.

Her heroines are real AF.

All her books are in first person, with a female protagonist leading them. And they are about just a normal human being going about her normal life, not someone fired by revenge or bogged down by unfortunate circumstances. Just someone like you and I, trying to make her life better, one step at a time.

Her plots are super interesting!

Most of the chic-lit stuff sound the same. Keyes, however, has a knack of whipping plots that can make you feel fuzzy and at the same time make you say, “Hey, that’s me!”.

No ‘knights in shining armour’.

The heroines of Keyes can be super effed-up in their own world. If loves comes along, it’s good. But the solution and goal of their lives isn’t exactly finding love and their knights. Their goal is to find themselves, and if love is a part and parcel of it, why not. Yes, the heroes are there, but they are never the focal points of their lives or the solution to their problems. They are a part of their lives, with their own set of issues to deal with.

So just go and read her books! I bet you’ll be a renewed person and it will change the way you look at life.