What are the FIVE novels you wish you had written?
When I first saw this question, I immediately thought of the books that had inspired me as a child and as a teen. These are the books on my shelves with broken spines held together with tape and glue, pages threatening to fall out. I've loved these books to death and still re-read them to this day.
1. Emily of New Moon (Lucy Maud Montgomery)
|From the EoNM Anime|
Inside of these books was a ten year old girl like me-- someone who loved reading and wanted nothing more in the world than to be a writer. Emily understood what it was like to have the thrill of words rush through you and, oh, God, her "Flash"... Montgomery gave description and voice to that magical moment of seeing something so amazing and beautiful just beyond our physical world. I've seen and felt that, myself.
I lived with Emily through her 3ams of doubt, her rejections (haven't we all had that moment of disappointment when that first childish poem isn't published?), her growth as a writer, and finally, the publication of her first, wonderful book.
This book inspired me and still inspires me to keep striving, to keep trying to climb that "Alpine Path." If I ever do get even near the top of that path, I'll partly have L.M. Montgomery to thank.
2. Blubber, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, & Deenie
|This is the cover of the copy currently on my shelves|
3. Emma (Jane Austen)
|Emma is so sweet and clueless|
|And a genius adaptation|
Plus, it inspired possibly one of the best adaptations of a book-to-modern culture movies EVER:
I don't know about you, but I think Ms. Austen would have completely and totally approved of Amy Heckerling's adaptation. *Hides from the literature snobs and Austen fanatics who start chasing after me with torches and knives*
4. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
MZB was one of the first women and feminist pioneers of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, paving the way for generations of writers. I loved her Darkover books as a teen, but The Mists of Avalon was, by far, my favorite of all of her books. Hearing the story from the traditional villain's side (Morgan le Fay, Arthur's half-sister) and watching her weave together a new version of the Arthurian legends still resonates with me and even affects my own thought process while writing.
Her novel, The Firebrand, is also high on my list of all-time favorites.
5. Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Confession: I kind-of went through a vampire phase in high school. The Fictional Dead Boy post touched on that a bit. My vampires, however, did not sparkle. Mine had that dangerous, sinister edge to them that many current vamp incarnations are, well, lacking. And, during that phase, I stumbled on to the granddaddy of all vampire tales.
|oooooooooohhhhhh... Classic cover without fangs!!!|
Those are my top five "wish I wrotes"-- what are yours?