Sunday, August 23, 2009

Books, the love of my life.

Well, truly, I have lots of loves of life, but reading and books are a very special one to me. I have memories of books like 'Go Dogs Go' being read to me when I was little, along with other books like 'Are You My Mommy?', the Bugg books, 'Bears in the Night', etc.

And then I was around 7 and my sister Jamie agreed to read me the first Harry Potter book. She would sit down with me and read a chapter.

...But as soon as she read the first one, I was so in love with it, I didn't want to wait until Jamie had time to read to me again. I was learning to read, but I wasn't that great.

Guess what I did?

I read it. The entire thing. I don't remember how long it took me, but I loved the whole thing. Sure, I got some words wrong like 'Prefect' and 'Ronan', but I remember loving the characters, the plot, everything. I went on to read the rest of the books and joined the mob in my house for the 4th book up to be released. I pre-ordered the last two books and I am now the proud owner of the first two.

Harry Potter wasn't the only thing I read. I moved to other books. I read almost everything I could get my hands on. I don't know about anyone else, but the adults in my life seemed impressed that I was reading Anne McCaffery and J.R.R. Tolkien by age 8. A lot of the trouble I got into when I was younger was disappering into the bathroom with a book when I was supposed to be cleaning. Mom constantly had to take books away from me and my siblings. At least half of us siblings are book addicts, though I know we all love books to some degree.

There's something magical about books. Something not even films can compared to. The pure magic of words is amazing. A good writer is able to make any world appear so real to you, leaving your active imagination able to delve in and look in between the writing, making things up to make it even more real.

I love alternative realities. Something to escape to. A fantasy just at your finger tips.

I still love books. Patricia C. Wrede, Diana Wynne Jones, Robin McKinley, Tamora Pierce, Orson Scott Card, and all my other escapes. I adore them. When I was little, I wanted nothing more then to write like them. Creative writing is still a passion of mine, but I now accept that I do not have the pure talent these people have.

There is a dark side to writing. Cults! Yes, I am talking about Twilight. I'm sorry, but it's not worthy of all the attention it is given, for many, many reasons. Reasons, I won't list because I get very heated about this. Anyways, please, kids, if you're going to read something, read something worth more then a piece of dirt.

...Okay, yes, I'm done on that.

Anyways, it's something I wish other kids loved as much as I do. I don't always have time to read, but when I do, I always enjoy it.

It's something I will always love, reading, though I am going into it's 'nemesis'. Film is what steals attention. It takes less time, less thinking, and less imagination. But words are still what makes a movie, right?

The English language is difficult, but also so lovely. I want to learn other languages, but well...I speak english, and that's what I'll continue using it, right?

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Valerie said...

I don't know half of those authors you just listed.

Lindey said...

You should know the last three...

But I think only Jamie read Wrede's books with me. She wrote Kate and Cicy books and the Dragon books, which I loved.

Diana Wynne Jones wrote Howl's Moving Castle, among other things.

Jamio said...

YEah, I remember that. I was disappointed on the one hand because I thought we were going to have this lovely sister-sister bonding experience.

Lindey said...

Well...Yeah, okay, but Harry Potter still gave up plenty of other bonding experiences?