Always Been An Avid Reader...

Personally, I've always enjoyed reading over watching films.  It's not that I don't like films, but I find that books speak to me more personally.  I am always disappointed when I read a book before watching a film, as it's never quite how I imagined it to be.

 

I learned to read when I was very young as my parents were both teachers and deemed a love of books to be important in a child.  I remember them being very proud when I was the only person in my class who could read fluently before starting school.  Most children's first word is a simplistic 'Mama' or 'Dada'.  My parents always maintained that I was advanced because I learned to say 'Apple' before my parents names.

 

Anyhow, onto my subject.  The books I remember most fondly from my childhood was the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle.  I used to obsessively borrow them all from the local library.  I loved the Victorian setting, and the intricate nature of the mysteries.  I loved the character of Holmes and all his eccentricities.  I also related to him as one violinist to another.  Holmes was my hero through most of my youth.  He was not a cool, brave character like James Bond (another series of books I enjoyed) but, although Watson commented that Holmes was a master swordsman and the like, he never used these abilities.  Instead solved all his problems through his use of logic and deduction.  I find his famous (and most quoted) phrase "When you've eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth" really inspired my whole outlook on the world.

 

Other than that, and slightly immaturely, the books that inspired me to begin writing were the Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate.  These began to be released in my early teens, and I loved them.  I don't know why exactly they inspired me so much.  The genre of children saving the world his highly overused, and I didn't really enjoy any of the other stories aimed at this age group as by this stage I'd moved on to adult novels.  I always fantasized about being an Animorph though, and my first attempts at writing were all Animorph fan-fictions.  Were it not for this series, I probably would never have been inspired to practice and refine my rhetoric, and thus would not be the eloquent person that I am today.

Ryuuzaki Ryuuzaki
22-25, F
3 Responses Feb 19, 2009

I also like those kind of futuristic books. Have you read 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' by Philip K. ****? That was the inspiration for 'Blade Runner' and you may enjoy that.

I'm still young , but Anthem by Ayn Rand has had a profound effect on me . It just made me think about living my life according to my rules , no one elses. It also just gave a profound realization on how important it is to be independent. <br />
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The futuristic time periods and collapse of social order also seem to draw me in , Farenheit 451 was a pretty cool book too.

I still own the first half of the series. I don't remember if they stopped releasing them in the UK by that point, or if I just stopped buying them, but I still think that they're great.