I’ve recently joined the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain for January, and to be honest, I completely forgot today was the 21st. I could have sworn yesterday was the 17th. Anyway, the question is: “Is there one particular book that changed your life? If so, why did you originally choose to read it? What impact has it had on you?”
Are all the TCWT blog chain questions this deep? I hope so. It’s tough to pick one specific book that changed my life. There was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Looking for Alaska by John Green, but those books pale in significance compared to Stephen King’s The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition.
If I hadn’t read The Stand, I probably wouldn’t have a blog right now. I probably wouldn’t be reading as much as I do now. I would never have started watching Doctor Who (great show, by the way) or Vlogbrothers or have even known about WordPress at all.
Before I read this book, I referred to it as “That Giant Scary Book in my Dad’s Room.” The book was intimidating, and I never bothered to read it because of the fact that it was so huge. Yet I was always curious to see what was inside it. One day, when I was eleven years old, and was bored out of my mind with nothing to do, I looked at the book and said to it, “I will read you, giant book. I shall read every page of every chapter of your insides whether you like or not. I shall conquer you!” and the book looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Bring it, bitch.”
So I read the book, and it was the greatest book that eleven year old me had ever read. It’s no longer my favorite book; Stephen King got a tad bit over-descriptive in parts and the ending was a little bit of a letdown, but what stayed with me forever were King’s characters. To this day, the characters in The Stand are still some of the most realistic, three-dimensional characters I have ever had the pleasure to read about. This was the first book that I simply didn’t want to end.
The Stand has affected me in more than a few ways.
- Before this book, I wasn’t that into reading. Now, reading has taken over my life much like heroin takes over the life of a junkie. I’m addicted to reading and writing, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.
- This book inspired me to try to write my own story. In fact, I’m writing my 550,000th draft of it right now.
- There was one disturbing homosexual rape scene that caused more than a few mental scars for eleven year old me. (Seriously, don’t give this book to an eleven year old. There’s some pretty disturbing parts.) I recommend you skip that part of the book, or get the original version of it.
- It gave me the confidence to read longer books. I’m no longer intimidated by giant, ten pound books anymore. So War and Peace, you better watch your back.
- Looking back at my previous draft for the novel I’m working on, you could easily see Stephen King’s influence in my writing. It’s scary.
Though Stephen King is no longer my favorite author (he’s in second place), he did get me to read hundreds of other books, and that is the best gift anyone could ever give me. Except for Netflix. Netflix is awesome.
January 5th – http://fida-islaih.blogspot.co.uk – Muslim Spirit by Fida
January 6th – http://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com – The Teenage Writer
January 7th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com – Miss Alexandrina
January 8th – http://cinderscoria.blogspot.co.uk – Between The Lines
January 9th – http://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com – Avon’s Babbles
January 10th – http://www.nonconformistwriter.blogspot.co.uk – Life.
January 11th – http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com – Inside The Junk Drawer
January 12th – http://notebooksisters.blogspot.co.uk – Notebook Sisters
January 13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com – Musings From Neville’s Navel
January 14th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com – The Loony Teen Writer
January 15th – http://mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com – A Mirror Made Of Words
January 16th – http://epistolarygirl.wordpress.com – Epistolary Girl
January 17th – http://www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.co.uk – Inklined
January 18th – http://zarahoffman.tumblr.com – Zara Hoffman’s Blog
January 19th – http://sydneyjoto.wordpress.com – SydneyJoTo
January 20th – http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com – Reality Is Imaginary
January 21st – https://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com – The Little Engine That Couldn’t
January 22nd – http://www.katrinakennedy3.wordpress.com – Writers Response
January 23rd –http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com – John Hansen Writes
January 24th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com – Miriam Joy Writes
January 25th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com – Teens Can Write, Too! (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)