Once upon a time

Image copyright: CE Ayr

Nowadays we can’t see the wood for the trees. Or the trees for that matter. Ever since reading hard copy books exploded as the world’s major leisure activity, coinciding with the success of literacy programmes in less developed countries, there has been an existential attack on the plantations and natural forests of the world as paper mills struggle to supply the raw material demanded by the mushrooming publishing industry.

In her leafy garden, Violet turns another page, wondering what D’Arcy will say next, how Elizabeth will respond, hears not the screams of chain saws, sees not the approaching tree thieves.


Written in response to Fontachelle Wisoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word challenge found here.

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18 Responses to Once upon a time

  1. I love how you spun this.

  2. I love real books but also have a number of ebooks. I can’t feel ebooks are totally mine though as they can be removed at any time. Also, in some countries, the poor and homeless cut down trees for firewood to get heat and for cooking. Trees are no soon planted than they’re cut down in the night. A good story, Patrick. —- Suzanne

  3. You’ve got to love the smell and touch of a good book, e-raders just don’t cut it for me, I always forget the title of what I’m reading!

  4. Oh.. maybe we should be grateful for the e-readers… or maybe it’s time for the (re)invention of the library.

  5. Abhijit Ray says:

    Violet should be assured that with the appearance of e-books fewere trees are being chopped. Her concern is valid. Without tree life will end.

  6. granonine says:

    I have an e-reader, but it’s for travel or whenever I may have to sit and wait for a while. I love books. The feel, the smell, the printed page cannot be replaced 🙂

  7. gillyflower says:

    Ha! You’ll never convince me to get an e-reader!

  8. Dale says:

    Gah! How cruel of you to make me feel bad for loving books…

  9. James McEwan says:

    Paper like words need to be recycled. A nice piece of observation of another conflict we live with.

  10. Thank goodness this is fiction! Long live real books I say.

    My story is a but click away!

  11. Nan Falkner says:

    Can’t see the wood for the trees. Clever. Now, many people download stories and books to their computer – thus no paper trail!

  12. Iain Kelly says:

    It would take a lot of book publishing to have that much impact. Maybe someone will actually publish one of mine! 🙂

  13. M K Zebra says:

    Erm, I never realised the background picture of my blog could be so controversial. Hope Violet doesn’t get harmed in the tree stealing situation.

  14. bearmkwa says:

    True. But,,, there’s something special about holding a real book in your hands, smelling the printer’s ink and glue, feeling the embossed covers and spines… I didn’t grow up having any books, so when I get one, I still treasure it very deeply.

  15. neilmacdon says:

    To be fair, newsprint and other printing paper tends to come from sustainable forestry, but a nice idea nonetheless, Patrick

  16. Sandra says:

    An interesting perspective – good one.

  17. Dear Paul Bunyan Prinsloo,

    A very interesting perspective. I’ve come to see the printed page as the endangered species. 😉 Nicely done.



  18. elaine17 says:

    Books – that’s something you don’t think about when you see reports of devastation of forests. Bring on Kindle.

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