'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Monday, 13 January 2014

Will There Ever Be Another Book Love Like Your First?

As promised, I'm making a big effort this year to start up more discussion posts. The main reason I've been slacking is pure laziness. I want to get my blog up to the next level this coming year so this means settling down and getting some discussions down. I have plenty to moan, praise, discuss and ponder so there really is no excuse!

The past few weeks I've been loving most of the books that I've read, but there has always been one problem. They just don't get me as excited as the Harry Potter books did. This doesn't mean oh my god no other book is EVER going to be as good as them! I think it's more to do with growing up with the books and developing with Harry rather than anything else. I don't think that a series will ever suck me in quite as much as that and mainly for that reason. I can't imagine a world sucking me in as much as Rowling's and I really can't imagine a series (and now, franchise) having so much of a hold on me.


This isn't to say that I'm doomed. That's it. My reading life is over. I mean, I am really excited to read Sarah J. Maas third book in her Throne of Glass series, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for Marissa Meyer's Cress to come out and I really desperately need to read more in Lindsay Cummings The Murder Complex series. I have a lot of love for a lot of book series. It's just that sometimes, nothing ever compares to that first series that you fell in love with. I know this sounds dramatic, but I wish we could all inject that into every series that we love.

Everyone has 'that one' series' which solidifies why you love reading. For me that was Harry Potter. It was the series that threw me head first into the world of fantasy writing and I haven't looked back since. Thanks to series such as this, my love and respect for Children and Young Adult literature has increased. I still long for another book series to captivate me in such a way, but then I often find myself thinking am I being a little too hard on myself to find this other one? Is it even possible?

Harry Potter is part of me. It's a part of who I am and a huge part of my childhood and teenage years. I did my Masters dissertation on the topic - it felt right to finish off my book-related education with a book series that set off this infatuation with literature in the first place. This isn't so much a post about Harry Potter, it's more about the effect of that very first book love and the impact if has on you.

Now it's over to you guys. 
What was your first book love? 
Do you still find yourself fighting for another series just like that?
Am I talking absolute crap? Haha. 

21 comments:

  1. I honestly can't even remember the first book I read but I have to agree with you on Harry Potter though. There isn't a book series I have re-read as much as I do the Harry Potter series. It just feels like coming home, it cheers me up on a bad day. There are a lot of series that get close to that feeling but it'll never take Harry's place.

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    1. I definitely agree. It's like a little place of my childhood that I can just pick up whenever I want. :)

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  2. The older I get the harder it is to remember these things. I've been an avid reader since the third grade. The series that stick with me over the years are Little House on the Prarie, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, Sweet Valley High,Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and many more. Some of them are not the same as I go back and read them (Nancy Drew) and some still hold up or have gotten better to me (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter). I love getting caught up in the worlds that I'm reading. I wish I had just that one series but I don't. I think that makes your love of Harry Potter all the more special.

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    1. I completely agree. There are so many wonderful books about but there's nothing quite like your first book love.

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  3. I can definitely agree with this. I love to read and read all the time.. but I look for books that really sweep me away and one that brings out a lot of emotions for me.. like Harry Potter did. It's hard to find another series that does that.. although I keep looking! I try my best not to compare books to one another and just to take them as they are. It's hard sometimes..

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    1. Yeah, I'm the same with that one. I couldn't compare a book to the effect Harry Potter has on so many people.

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  4. I totally agree with what you said. Harry Potter was my first book love and I can't imagine another book or series will ever make me feel this way. I think it's because I grew up with Harry Potter. We were almost exactly the same age whenever I got the next book. And the other reason is that ages 10-15 were really hard on me, but Harry Potter was a totally different world and sometimes I cried because I wanted it all to be real, to go to Hogwarts..it was much better place than my boring school and screwed up life. Also, Harry Potter's birthday is at the end of July, just like mine, and I totally understood how he felt spending many of his birthdays away from his friends.
    Like you, I love The Lunar Chronicles and some other series', but I don't think I'll ever find another one that would mean so much to me as Harry Potter.

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    1. Ahhh this was the same for me :) school was a pretty rubbish time and thankfully things got a lot better at university. Harry Potter was the best form of escapism (and still is). It's what first kindled my love of reading, despite it not being my first read.

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  5. Great post! I agree: there's always the first. I think for me it wasn't even Harry, although it may have won over my first love - Famous Five. As a kid, way before Potter, I was totally obsessed with FF and I read all the books multiple times and plan to again as well. But then Potter came along and like you said: totally stole my mind and heart. And I think it's just that - growing up with a book. It connects you on so many levels, gives you years and years of memories, not just those few days when you read it and then slowly forget it, no matter how good the book was.
    I loved to read ever since I was little, even before I read by myself. And that was way before Potter, so those books are not greatly responsible for my bookloving, but I was completely taken over by HP and plunged into fantasy to a degree where it's still almost all I read, to this day. And with Potter, it's my greatest love, that's for sure. It's the best series I read in my life, and it's still being so; the movies, the studio, the theme park, the companion books, the merch... I don't think anything else has such a big fandom around it, so that's just fueling my love further. Cause it never ends.
    but you never forget your first, FF for me. But HP is the ultimate love and I think I'll ever find anything else that'd mean so much to me (ASoIaF being close), and that's okay! HP has a very special and big place in my heart and I don't want it to lose that, so I am totally okay for other books to never reach that level. I got my perfect book moment and it was glorious. The others will be still amazing and awesome, but I don't mind if none ever reaches HP levels. That's probably even impossible. :)

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    1. Oh god yes! I loved The Famous Five. I remember I had my Mam's old copies to read and then I bought the others that weren't in the collection. You're right, I think it is the growing up with it that changes everything. I was the same age as Harry as I read through the books and that definitely helps.

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  6. I start reading at the age of 8. Classics, Enyd Blynton and other books like that but my first love was without a doubt, Harry Potter! This series mark me as a person and a reader, open my mind to genres that I don't expect and even today I love each character and remember each moment with a strong nostalgy.
    I have discover other series and authors who I love with the same passion but Harry Potter is special because it was my first reading love =')

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    1. Yeah I was the same, The Famous Five, The Babysitters Club, The Princess Diaries. So many wonderful books but then Harry Potter came along and completely changed my life. Such an amazing series. Completely agree with everything you've said :)

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  7. I don't remember my first book love right now, but it was long before Harry Potter. I know I read Something Wicked This Way Comes over and over again when I was young. So, I think that's good news for everyone - you do move on to other book loves and passions, just as I moved on to Harry Potter.

    Still looking for the next book/series to love. Haven't found it yet. LOL - Maybe I'll have to write it!

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    1. Yeah, my first few reads were The Famous Five, The Babysitters Club etc, but then Harry Potter came into my life and blew my mind. I hope that I find something else, like you did :).

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  8. My first book that I remember was The Secret Garden. I still think it's a good book but I have read better. I do miss my first time though. My first time reading Harry Potter was amazing. I loved it sooo much. I love first times and am always looking for my next first time!

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    1. Aww me too! I still need to read that book as well. My first few books were different to Harry Potter but HP is definitely the one that's going to stick with me for the rest of my life :)

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  9. my favorites were way before Harry too - Little Women, The Secret Garden, Black Beauty, my Enid Blytons, What Katy Did - among a few others were all my first loves..:)

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    1. Aww yeah I loved a lot of Enid Blyton books too :). As soon as I read Potter though, it felt like everything I'd read before had been just a warm up to the discovery of HP!

      Thanks for following :)

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  10. came here via TTT and ended up answering this question here.. am a new follower ...

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  11. Wonderful discussion topic Leah! Personally, I discovered HP as an adult, I was fresh out of Uni and jumped on the bandwagon a bit late...like books 1-5 were already out >.< Anyways, I didn't grow up with the series BUT it very much changed my life and my reading life too! I have yet to find another series that affected me in such a way and I honestly don't think I ever will. HP was a game-changer, the kind of series that comes around ones in a lifetime (if you're lucky - and we all were!) so I think I'm ok with it staying at the top,like for ever hehe!

    Some books/series have come close though, like Throne of Glass ♥, the Mistborn series and the Daughter of Smoke and Bones books to name a few, but none of them truly took over my world like HP did. So yeah, I love that you posted about this, makes me feel better about never ever letting Harry go XD

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    1. Aw definitely! I have no problem with HP being my number one series ever either. I think I'd feel like I was betraying Rowling if it wasn't lol! It would be nice to be as infatuated with a series again, but I just don't think it's realistic either. I feel so lucky to have grown up with it tbh! x

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