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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Living Forever Would Suck

by Kit

When I was eleven years old I read Tuck Everlasting. I really enjoyed the book but then something a little frightening happened.

I was laying in my bed at night and started thinking about living forever. I thought forever. And ever. And ever. And ever. And ever . . . you get my point. So of course I started crying. The thought of life never ending was terrifying.

I finally forced myself to think that forever had to have an end, and I was able to finish reading the book.

Now that I'm older, I have to say . . . I still don't want to live forever.  It's still terrifying, and I could probably make myself cry all over again if I thought about it too much. Living forever would suck. Seeing all the people you know die, or even being around the other people that lived forever, forever. UGH. That just sounds very overwhelming.

Maybe if I could just extend my life a little. Or how about the spring of never getting sick or having injuries. Can I drink from that spring?

Well, if I did have to live forever, at least I could read a lot of books!

What about you? Would you choose to drink from the spring? Would you choose to live forever? What would you do with all your time if you did?

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Natalie Babbitt’s celebrated, ground-breaking title Tuck Everlasting (Anniversary edition on sale January 20). In celebration of the anniversary, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will publish a special anniversary edition featuring an introduction from Wicked author Gregory Maguire.

Tuck Everlasting asks readers “What if you could live forever?” Doomed to, or blessed with, eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less of a blessing than it might seem. Then complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Upon the book’s publication in 1975, Natalie was greeted with concern from parents and educators who were stunned to read a book about death written for children. She is an author who challenges her readers and thinks the best questions are the ones without answers.

This 40th anniversary will introduce a whole new generation to this timeless classic. The book has sold over 3.5 million copies in the US alone, and has never been out of print since publication.

You can pre-order Tuck Everlasting: 40th Anniversary Edition here.

Follow the conversation online using #Tuck40th.

NATALIE BABBITT is the award-winning author of Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Knee-Knock Rise, and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-Ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. Knee-Knock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Connecticut, and is a grandmother of three.


  1. I'm the same: the idea of living forever without any of my loved ones scares me. It's the kind of thing which I imagine would be amazing for a short amount of time but then it would just be sad and lonely. But reading tons would definitely be a perk :) Great post!

  2. I wouldn't like to live forever, it would be terrible to not have any of my family or friends with me and I can imagine it would be terrifying knowing that you'd live forever. Very interesting post! :)

  3. Gabs @ My Full BookshelfJanuary 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    I definitely don't want to live forever. I remember reading Tuck Everlasting for the first time and being thankful that I wouldn't. I felt so bad for the Tucks!

  4. Oh yeah, I always found Tuck Everlasting (and specifically, the immortal nature of the Tucks) to be downright creepy and unsettling. That book unnerved me! I would totally be up for the spring-of-never-getting-sick, though :)

  5. Okay, so I've been thinking about this a lot lately (for the exact same reason highlighted in this post - TUCK EVERLASTING IS 40 YEARS OLD!! EEK!). I think you're right - living forever would kind of suck, but the only reason I would ever even consider it is because of all the things I'd be able to learn. Like, just think about it - I could study EVERYTHING. Literature, astronomy, mythology, art, history, science, math - the list goes on and on and on. I think having that much knowledge would be incredible.

    (But then I think about that whole having-to-watch-my-entire-family-and-all-my-friends-die thing, and then I'm like... mm, better not.)

  6. I think there's a part of the living forever equation that has to do with that time relative to everyone else. Most stories about living forever in some way involve the advantage it gives you over other people. You're smarter because you've been around for hundreds of years and been to school however many dozen times and seen all sorts of everything. But if everyone lived that long, you're not smarter than anyone else. You may know all sorts of cool stuff, but so does everyone else.

    Or you're rich because you've been investing in the stock market for decades and have saved for centuries and have all these old treasures because over time you just became really rich. But, again, if everyone lived for hundreds of years the economy would just be different than it is now.

    I think I'd like the advantages of living a couple hundred years more than other people and not aging and having it be a family trait. Because otherwise it'd be pretty miserable.


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