For the past few days, I have been thinking about the different epigraphs of various books. For those who don’t know, an epigraph takes place at the beginning of a book. It can sometimes be a quote, a saying, or even a poem. It can do anything from hinting at the theme of the novel to an event that will occur later in the story.
I used to spend hours looking for the right epigraph, but I just couldn’t find one. Then, one day, I was scrolling through my Tumblr feed and stumbled on THE ONE.
So here’s my tip: Don’t look for one. Let it find you.
So do all books have epigraphs? Not at all. Books such as 1984 by George Orwell, or The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien did not include one. It all depends on the author and what they want to do.
Are they necessary? Nope. Like I said, it’s up to the author. Tolkien did not add an epigraph to The Hobbit, however, he did add one to The Fellowship of the Ring.
The quote I chose for my epigraph is by Helen Keller: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
Originally, I was going to use a different quote for my story, but this one really stuck out to me. I thought it represented the theme of my story perfectly, and I definitely preferred it over the last quote I had chosen. Having said that, I think this part of writing a book is so fun (and one of the easiest parts) because you're not really doing much except analyzing various quotes that you come across. Other parts take a lot more work!
Anyway, that's all for today. Thank you so for reading!
Ps. I'd love to know what your favorite epigraph is, so comment down below!
Until next time!