Have you ever thought about how strange the written word is? I can make black marks on a white page, and anyone can know what I meant. It’s not even hard – anyone who has been taught to read will do it reflexively, without thinking.
The reason why I love fantasy and science fiction is because it makes the mundane strange – it makes you take another look at what you thought you knew. It is so easy to go through life with eyes half-closed, never seeing the wonder in something we have seen all our lives – like black marks on white page that will spill secrets to whoever looks at them.