Stories, in every way, shape and form are incredibly important. I recently wrote a blog about why we love stories so much. For many of us, reading a book can result in much more than just reading another story. If a book is done really well and the story is good enough, we might get lost in that world. We might invest our time reading or writing fan fiction, because we can’t believe the story is truly over. We have to know what happened to the characters we’ve come to care about so much! And stories are mostly powerful when they can be shared from generation to generation.
I write stories myself and I have read many stories that I find very inspiring or that have had an impact on me and my writing. This was supposed to be a video, but as I wasn’t happy with how it turned out (read: I did not properly apply my foundation and I was completely white around my mouth. Not sexy). Hence why I am just writing it down now. Maybe I’m not destined to be a YouTuber after all.
The Harry Potter Series
When I make a list like this, naturally I am going to put the Harry Potter series in that list. I read the first Harry Potter book when I was 10-years old. It was the Chamber of Secrets, the first one was not available in my school’s library. From the minute I read it, I loved it and over the years I read all the books. I went to midnight releases to buy the and it was all just one big happening. And now I find myself still loving Harry Potter very much. I have friends who are just as crazy about it as I am and the number one goal right now is to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The reason why I love the series is not just because of the magic. It’s about the complex story, the amazing characters and the fact that these characters have flaws which show in the unfolding war. For a long time I refused to believe it wasn’t real and I am still waiting for my Hogwarts Letter.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Another classic that everybody knows. I read Alice’s adventures in Wonderland for the first time when I was a teenager. Despite the fact that Alice was just a child, I identified with her and her search to fit into a world which she didn’t know. I mean, who doesn’t know that teenage angst? Anyway, I fell in love with the story and it still has a big influence on the way that I write. I think this is a mandatory read for everybody. After all, aren’t we all mad here?
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
I have read all novels by Neil Gaiman. Not the Sandman series and yes, I will hang my head in shame now. But the book that has touched me most, that was written by Neil, is the Ocean At The End of The Lane. It’s a story about a lost childhood, dark powers that haunt us and sacrifice. The narrator is a nameless man, who later tells us the story from the perspective of his eight-year-old self. It’s a book filled with magical realism, which is a genre I would like to pursue. It made me cry and it scared me. But then again, it is hard to make me cry, yet super easy to scare the crap out of me. But definitely recommended!
Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
I read this a few years ago. While it wasn’t easy to read, it intrigued me. The novel is about a journalist who tries to find out the secret of Sophie Fevvers, who is half-swan and half-woman. He travels with the magical circus in order to uncover her story and naturally falls in love. This is once again a story in which magical realism is a big thing. The story influenced me so much that one of the characters in the story that I am writing myself also has wings.
If you don’t mind a bit of a challenging book, then this is certainly a book you should try.
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
I had to read this book in college. Apart from the fact that I was one of the few people who did read it, I was probably one of the fewer people who actually liked it. It starts with a murder. You know exactly who died, you just don’t know how and why. The book slowly reveals all the secrets and my oh my that plot twist! It is not the easiest book to read as the language is kind of hard, but it is definitely worth it. I am sure it will intrigue you!
That’s my list for today, hopefully my next attempt at doing a video will be more successful. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you have some book recommendations for me. I am always looking for more books to read!