literature is dead

You know when you think you know someone? More than anyone in the world? You know you know them, because you’ve seen them, like, for real. And then you reach out, and suddenly they are just… gone. You thought you belonged together. You thought they were yours, but they’re not.
—  Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead
You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?
—  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban