Author spotlight: J.K. Rowling

I just finished watching Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. It has been quite some time since I last watched the movie or read the novel. I had stopped getting involved with Harry Potter for reasons I would rather not say but before that I was a huge Harry Potter fan and that feeling never really left me. I LOVE Harry Potter, and I think Rowling had such a genius mind to come up with a concept such as the Harry Potter series. It has garnered so much love across the globe from generation to generation. My generation grew up with Harry Potter. I remember the first movie coming out when I was in 5th grade because went on a field trip to see it. However, what I love most about Rowling is that she didn’t put herself in a box. She was always known for Harry Potter but after she finished Deathly Hallows she ventured out and wrote something that had absolutely nothing to do with the Harry Potter universe, which was Casual Vacancy. I’ve never read it myself, but I plan on it in the future and she also has other non-related Harry Potter novels. I just think it’s awesome that she wasn’t subjected to stay in one genre. Casual Vacancy actually had great success. It became the 15th best-selling book of 2012 during its first week of release. Within the first three weeks the book’s total sales topped one million copies in English in all formats across all territories, including the US and the UK. The book also set a Goodreads record for the all-time biggest “started reading” day, later winning the Best Fiction category in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012. I think this success is due to the fact that everyone was curious to see what Rowling could do outside of The Harry Potter universe. She proved that she wasn’t a one hit wonder, and I respect her for that as a writer. I haven’t read any of her other books, but I plan on making time for them.

Being an emotional reader

I am a self-proclaimed emotional reader. By my definition, an emotional reader is a person who gets so invested in a story and with the story’s characters that you become happy or sad when something good or bad happens to them and you can REALLY claim yourself as an emotional reader when you find yourself shedding tears over those characters. That would be me. Right now I’m in the middle of reading Needful Things by Stephen King and I shed a tear because a character (a child) committed suicide because of overwhelming guilt, not entirely his fault. Even when I saw it coming I had to put the book down and shake my head and I just kept saying “oh god no no no” but the inevitable happened…the fatal outcome. If you’re an emotional reader like me you shouldn’t be ashamed. One of my friends just reminded me it’s because I have a pure imagination, but let’s not also forget that Stephen King is an amazing writer who really focuses on character development. I believe that’s the main reasons his books are so long. He really digs deep into each character and you either love them or hate them and you feel tied to those characters.

Nicholas Sparks: Not cheesy?

I was just sitting here reflecting on my favorite authors. Three authors came to mind. Right now I’m a really big fan of Stephen King and the other two names that came to mind were Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and two other beloved novels, and I also immediately thought of Nicholas Sparks who is a well-known romance writer whose 11 out of his 17 books have been made into movies and when I come to think about it none of his books-turned-movies have had bad adaptations. All of the movies that are based off of his books have been pretty good in my opinion. I think my favorite Sparks adaptations are A Walk to Remember, The Best of Me, and Safe Haven. But anyway, I digress. We’re here to answer the question which is “Is Nicholas Sparks the typical cheesy romance writer?” In my opinion I think not. I really think he brings depth to his characters and also to his plots, but I think I can see why some people might say he’s cheesy because most of the time the girl does end up with guy…but not without a lot of obstacles. Sparks is definitely not like the cheesy Harlequin novels that I frequently see for cheap on my Kindle that look like trash with a half naked guy on the front of the cover lol (I can’t stand those books. They just look like garbage). Anyway, Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors and I just bought his novel The Longest Ride at my local Books-A-Million, and I am excited to get into that story as I finish what I already have in my to-read list. So long and subscribe to my blog if you like what you see!

My Stephen King journey

There has been an amazing resurgence of Stephen King this year. He has had two tv shows and two movies coming out this year (Mr. Mercedes, The Mist, The Dark Tower, and the upcoming IT). I am extremely looking forward to IT coming out this Friday!!!! *excited squeals* Anywho, I digress. Because of society’s renewed fascination with Stephen King it has also lit a fire within me as well as a reader.  I started reading IT to prepare for the movie and then I also watched the 1990 miniseries, which was horrible in my opinion. It was cheesy and just plain bad. I didn’t even finish it. Anyway, I did all of that to prepare for the movie and now I want to continue reading more Stephen King. I just finished Salem’s Lot, and it is a fascinating and truly scary book. There were times in that book where I literally threw the book down and had to cover my eyes. For a writer to be able to produce those type of emotions out of a reader is great feat and King succeeds tremendously. Another thing that King is excellent at is great character development. Stephen King honestly gives his all as a writer, leaving no stone unturned. He makes the reader feel about these characters. I did finish reading Salem’s Lot a few days ago, and then I watched the 1979 movie yesterday. There were some things about the miniseries that I had a problem with like the fact that some of the characters names were changed and some plot points were changed, but overall it was a decent adaptation. The next Stephen King novel I plan on reading is Misery and then I plan on reading The Shining. This resurgence of Stephen King is really exciting for me because I feel like a new generation is being introduced to him, mainly because all of these tv shows and movies are coming out and so you know what that usually does to people. It makes people curious. It made me curious. Although, I’m not new to Stephen King. I’ve read Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Semetary but this year has reintroduced me to him.

Writing breeds open-mindedness

Someone told me just yesterday that I’m intriguing because I see things differently and from different point of views and I am very open-minded. I started thinking about that, and I believe writing has had that effect on me. I’ve always been a very open-minded person, but I think as a writer I tend to be able to see things from different perspectives. I think it’s a good trait to have and I am proud to be able to do that