In this blog I want to talk about book series that had an influence on my life. By this I want to make clear that the impact that books can have is highly underestimated. I believe a good book is one that learns you something and leaves you with some questions to think about.Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.
The first book series I'd like to talk about is the infamous Harry Potter series of J.K. Rowling. It's a series that runs my generation, eveybody has heared of it and at least once been in contact with it. I think it's clear how this series had an impact on lots of people since the Potterheads got their own site, namely Pottermore. I'm also one of these Potterheads. It's not just a book anymore, it really lives since there are lots of people who cosplay a character for the books or create their own character to cosplay.
If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
The second series I'd like to talk about is a less known series; the Shatter Me series, or originaly Touching Juliet series by Tahereh Mafi. It's a pity this series is not so well known since it's a really good story and it's also written in a really
good original way. It gives you a refreshing way of looking in the mind of someone who tries to remain sane. It learned me to think about other people in a deeper way and to better understand their actions.
I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.
—Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
This is not a series but I do think it deserves one. The Host is a book written by Stephenie Meyer, who is known for her Twilight series. It gives a modern version of Utopia. Though it is achieved by parasites in our neck. It shows why humans are not able to obtain the ideal on earth, but it does show that it is (maybe) even possible if we changed our ways a little bit.
It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. It's not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.
—Stephenie Meyer, The Host
—Neil GaimanSleep is good. And books are better.
—George R. R. Martin, A song of Ice and Fire