U is for Utopia

| May 5, 2014

The first time I heard the word “Utopia” I was 10 years old. I was watching what would later become one of my favorite movies, Ever After a Cinderella story. It stared Drew Barrymore as the main character Danielle, a type of Cinderella. Danielle had an obsession with Thomas More’s Utopia. She would read it with her father and it was his last gift to her before he died.

My 10 year old self was obsessed with Danielle so I begged my mother to buy me a copy from Barnes and Noble. I attempted to read the book and even though it is only 134 pages, of course I failed. I was so disappointed in myself,  (after all in the movie an 8 year old understood the book) so I never tried reading it again.

Still the word “Utopia”, stuck with me. Could there really be a perfect place? Ironically, when the word is translated from Greek it literally means “no place.” Yet, even though there is no tangible “Utopia” it was still worth a trying to find it.