Thursday, February 21, 2008

On Love of Fiction

To say I love books might be an understatement.

No, really.

I have always had books around the house.

Back when I was learning to read, it was short books, and books that were commercial tie-ins with toys my sister and I had (anyone remember the Cabbage Patch Kids books?). Maybe we had Dr. Seuss books, I'm not sure. I don't really remember reading them until I started babysitting in high school.

When I got a little older, maybe I was seven, it was Little House On the Prairie, and the books by Roald Dahl. Then my mom introduced me to Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew followed shortly. Then I read my way through The Three Investigators series, and Encyclopedia Brown.

In 7th grade, I discovered Science Fiction and Fantasy. I was hooked.

Specifically the fantasy genre. The idea of these alternate universes, where, ok, sure, they didn't have technology, or any mention of baths, or indoor plumbing. But in these books they had magic, and swords, and the good guys fought evil, and generally they won and saved the day (come on, how many times did the good guys lose? It was just leading up to a sequel).

Yeah, it's safe to say I always loved books.

But, hey, at least books never made you drag through the mundane parts of the characters' lives. Hero going on a long quest? When does he go to the bathroom? See? No mundane details there. He just travels, nonstop, for hundreds of leagues, stopping or slowing only because the horse needs a rest ... Well, ok, maybe that's when he takes potty breaks - but really, he must have a bladder the size of a keg.

Minutiae aside, books are one of the best kinds of entertainment.

They are, at the very least, a great way to escape from reality TV hell.


Joanne said...

Trixie Belden! I still have all my Trixie Beldens! Those were great books. I sooo wanted to marry Jim when I grew up. The Three Investigators were cool, too.

I think we had parallel reading tastes growing up. Can I come raid your library?

LadyCiani said...

Sure! My husband even created a spreadsheet of all my/our books, so I can tell you exactly what I have! (500 and counting ...)

I never managed to get all the Trixie Beldens. I tried hard though. I haven't read them in years, but I couldn't stand the thought of giving them away, so they're in a nice box in my office closet.