Not long ago, I finally watched "Heavenly Creatures", directed by New Zealand’s own Peter Jackson. "Heavenly Creatures" is the precursor to "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Lovely Bones". (There is a theme about imaginary worlds running through Jackson’s work.) "Heavenly Creatures" is based on a true story that happened in 1950s New Zealand. Two teenage girls retreated into an imaginary and obsessive world, and it turned fatal. A young Kate Winslet stars. (Kate Winslet is one of my favourite actors.)
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I have always lived in imaginary worlds. When I was five years old, I started writing stories and scripts. I created elaborate plots for my Barbies. At night, when it was time to go to sleep, I acted out all the parts in my stories. During the day, I directed my brother and my friends on the school playground and in the neighbourhood.
Now I'm a woman in a car who is talking to herself. While I'm driving, I have imaginary conversations with people. I write letters and emails that I'll never send. I walk around the village, listening to my MP3 player, and I pretend I'm in a music video.
Blogging is like having imaginary friends. But you reply. I'm not having a conversation with myself.
You are robots, or you are real.
A post-apocalyptic world. The ice caps and glaciers have melted. The last humans are living under small bio-domes, scattered all over the world. Sometimes we risk everything, and leave the safety of the domes, to swim in chemical seas filled with mutant sharks and terrorist pirates who want to harvest our organs. More often, we remain in the fortresses provided by the domes. We plug ourselves into an alternate reality, where we're connected online. Being online consumes our energy, leaves us physically and mentally wasted, but we can't stop ourselves. We have avatars who live in this imaginary world, because we are social creatures who need the connections we find there.