Secondly, Stephen King. Over the last year, Mr. King has been a constant companion for me -- in print. I have read 4 of his books, almost finished with a fifth, and plan to read more. He is, in short, my favorite writer. Well, as it turns out, he's constantly talking of how Ms. Rowling is one of his favorites. So how do I better myself as a fan of literature and writing? I read the author that is my favorite author's favorite author.
That's how I came to Harry Potter.
After having read Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone, I can see why both of the above individuals are enamored with Rowling. First, there is the storytelling, which is wonderful. The pace of the book is captivating, to the point you can put away pages easily, without even knowing you're reading as much as you are. It's quite amazing. The story grabs you, keeps you, and doesn't let you go. Another thing about Rowling is simply the idea for this book that she had. A mind that can create the world in which she did, is the mind of a genius, plain and simple. There are no other words to describe exactly what she did with this world, that is straight from her imagination. I'm a bit jealous to tell you the truth.
I was not a fantasy fan before I read this book, which is probably why it took me so long to pick it up. I never really, truly enjoyed it, nor was I very interested in such types of literature. My mind simply does not work in that way. I am a very black and white kind of guy. I like my drinks to be stiff, not mixed. I enjoyed literature in much the same way, real life stories -- though maybe fictional -- where I could imagine the setting, the time period, all without too much creativity. Rowling changed that, she challenged be to think "other-worldly" and for the first time in my life, I enjoyed it.
I will soon be cracking the second book to this series, but first, I have to watch The Socerer's Stone with my wife!