Happy accidents are some of my favorite things in the world. You never know what great thing might be just around the corner, something that makes you excited, happy and in my case, maybe a little obsessed. But I’m choosing to look at the bright side!
I’ve always loved to read and was a total English nerd in high school. Finding authors and books I really love and connect with always makes me happy. And once I find something I enjoy, I usually want to find out more about that writer and read more of their work.
This is why today I have at least five Jack Kerouac books instead of just one, four by Amy Tan, several Hemingway, lots of Anne Rice from years ago and more recently, many greats from Thich Nhat Hanh.
It looks like I still carry that tendency with me because what started out as luckily finding one book for fifty cents on the library sale table:
turned in to searching through eBay for the best possible deal on as many more in the series I could afford:
And then a trip to the library for the next few in order.
For those who don’t know, the HBO series True Blood is based on these books,the Sookie Stackhouse novels, by Charlaine Harris.
My husband is now teasing me about the speed reading abilities and I’ll admit, I was even surprised at how much I can’t stop reading these. Several of the books took me a day and half to finish. A day and a half. I think that’s a new record for me.
I’ve been a fan of the show for years but never really thought too much about reading the books, partly because I did enjoy the show so much and didn’t know if I’d like any other versions of the story.
I have to say, my instincts were partially right – surprisingly, the books are SO much better than some of the stories on the show, I’m a bit conflicted now.
Over the weekend, I decided to rent Season 1 of True Blood just to see how I’d feel about it now (we no longer have cable and it’s fun to see the characters living out the stories). Afterwards, I thought about writing about the plot and character differences, which parts I thought were better in the book and which ones I still loved on the show.
But I really don’t want to ruin it for any other fans, those that may have read but not watched and vice versa.
I will say, whoever did the casting for the show did an amazing job with all the different characters. My favorites – Anna Paquin plays Sookie exactly right and Kristin Bauer Van Straten as Pam can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. She nails the part and I love her (Kristin and the character Pam both) on the show and in the books.
So I guess this is my new, little obsession lately but one I think has been good.
It has brought me back to my love of reading and finding great fiction that is exciting, intense and fun. It’s forced me to take a needed break from all the technology; off the computer and iPhone and even away from the t.v. But the best thing about finding these kinds of books is I’m so inspired by the author’s ability to tell their story, the way that they write and how they keep me hooked, it makes me want to write more!
I would definitely recommend this series to anyone looking for something new to dive in to but be warned, it may dominate your book shelf (and any free time you have) for a while.
What are you reading these days? Have you ever found a book series that had you totally obsessed, wanting more and loving each new novel? What inspires you to write?