Obvious when you put it like that. But it’s got me trying to think of what’s actually happening in books when things aren’t ‘happening’. Because there’s always something happening, even if it doesn’t look all that active. And then try distinguishing between the happening happenings and the … OK, I’ll stop there, starting to sound like a Rumsfeld Conundrum.
‘The best part of books is when things are happening.’
Source: Edith Nesbit, The Story of the Treasure Seekers, foreword by Julia Donaldson (London: Hesperus, 2013 (1899)), p. 23
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