Changing Opinions: Five Years in the Making

Guys, Book Heaven is five years old. It’s like a time capsule, looking back to my thoughts during my early teens (God help me, please don’t look too far back in the archive, it’s embarrassing). It’s interesting to see the different fads I went through, and how my opinions on certain topics have changed, but some have stayed constant.

For example:

  • I still LOVE the Septimus Heap series (and yes, I know I’ve mentioned them twice in as many posts, but I’m rereading them all before reading the final book, super excited!)
  • I still consider reading the best pastime ever
  • Pirates are cool (4eva)
  • I still believe books create a community

I love the fact that I still love (some of) the same books, as it really shows the staying power of some beautifully woven tales. In the words of the fabulous Carl Sagan,

Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

However, in counter balance to that, there are also quite a few things I now shudder at the thought of loving. Not really because they are now considered “uncool”, but more because on rereading I have found that either the style is severely lacking, or that there are worrying messages/ideals that permeate the text. One example for me would be the Twilight Series. I really, really liked these books when I was younger, and I still might pick one up if stuck, but I can’t shake off an uncomfortable feeling when thinking about how controlling and almost abusive Edward is towards Bella.

Similarly, certain science fiction holds less appeal for me than it once did, because I have spent the last five years learning a lot more about physics, so some stuff just seems implausible. When authors get their science mixed up, it ruins the magic of the story for me.

So I’m planning on doing a full blown discussion on why some fiction has staying power, and some doesn’t, and since I think books (and blogging) belong in a community setting, I want your input. What books have you loved long-term? Are there any books you were fanatical about but have now lost interest in? Please leave a comment below.

P.S. I’m also looking for some book-themed blogs to read and add to my blogroll, so please comment with a URL if you know of one/write for one. Also, any input on possible format changes would be appreciated: would you like more book reviews, more theme discussions, less of anything? I’m excited to be publishing on Bookheaven again!

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2 thoughts on “Changing Opinions: Five Years in the Making

  1. So glad you returned to write your blog, I’m looking forward to your posts 🙂
    I’m very familiar with the feeling of looking back and asking yourself “what on earth made me read that book five or six times?” and with the same book as you, Twilight. I still like the basic story but once I read the Harry Potter series right after Twilight I was amazed at the difference in style, Harry Potter being so much more superior to Twilight. I really began to hate first person narration and it made me vary when I start a book and it uses that device.

    • Yeah, I used to prefer first person back then, but have become more and more appreciative of third person. Dramatic irony and suspense can be a lot more effective when you have more of an omnipresence in the story.

      That said I do still like the style of some first-person writing, but my favourite books at the moment are all third person. One theory I have is that maybe first person allows more of an escape, and lets you project yourself onto the narrator. However it often leaves the narrator under-developed as a character, so as you grow to appreciate the actual writing more than the central story, third person often becomes more favourable.

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