I believe there are many reasons why books inspire us as individuals, intellectuals and as a collective group. They are to do with connections. Connections to life, death, love, hope and survivals. These connections bind us both to a beloved text but also to those who have also experienced the magic of reading.
Magic is defined as being wondrous, unexplainable, dangerous, intriguing, of supernatural origin. Words to me also contain these connotations because of the way they enchant us through our senses. The feel of the rough pages under our fingers, the smell of fresh and ageing ink, the sound of the words in our heads and the pictures they depict.
I love books and the way they make me feel apart of a brand new world, experiencing everything the characters do. They also make me feel connected to the author. Ultimately, all stories are magic in all formats and we as a society should cherish them unconditionally.