No, not my book(s). This is from a dream I had.
It started with dreaming about fencing (not putting up fences but the sword-wielding kind). Some friend wanted me to try out a new blade (without the grip and pommel – just the blade), except the blade was just a long piece of rod, no tip, no way to really hold it. I used it to stab pieces of Styrofoam and then a copper colored plate. My friend thought that was perfect. (My mind comes up with weird shit).
Anyway, that turned into a passage in a book that got kind of squiggly when I looked at it, and then it expanded into the full, lifelike environment that had been described in the passage. Thus, “The Book Of.”
The idea is that the book contains everything, but once read, the topic would turn real. So, if the reader is reading a paragraph about picnicking on the beach on a sunny day, the reader would then find herself in the scene. The book would have sections for animal, vegetable, and mineral, persons, places, things, whatever.
What happens in the book stays in the book? Perhaps. Or what happens in the book is supposed to stay in the book, but doesn’t and affects real-life outside of the book. So the reader reads about the beach scene, but introduces a random element by believing the scene so completely the reader then effects the text of the book (or some magical means or broken rule – thou shall not write anything in the book or thou shall not write anything when in a scene within the book). The random element, say a sea creature crawls out of the surf and eats the fictional person next to the reader, happens. The reader retreats from the book and back into real life, only to check the news to find that someone on Dog Beach was eaten by a sea creature.
I think there might be some interesting potential there. It’s not a new idea; see the Velveteen Rabbit, The Neverending Story, and The Eyre Affair. TV Tropes has “Rewriting Reality” and, of course, there are books made into movies.
I hope you all write yourselves a good day!