So for my last two Redroom topic of the week posts, for My Favorite Poem and My Favorite Short Story, I stretched the definitions a bit of what poetry and short stories are. Time for a slap on the wrist saying, "You naughty, naughty boy." I'm going to be more compliant this time around and actually stick to the topic of novels.
I've always been a fan of fantasy and sci fi. I think it's a tough choice between Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, but I'll go with Harry Potter. Now I have to say, "Oops, here I go again." Instead of picking a novel for my favorite novel, I just picked a series. Maybe I'll conform next time.
For me to say that Harry Potter is my favorite is ironic, because in the past I've fought tooth and nail to not want anything to do with it. My mom was really into it. I found that adults all around me were getting into it as well. I puzzled with my puzzler (apologies to Dr Suess for my thievery!) about why the adults of the world were getting weird, creepy, and obsessing over what I viewed as children literature. Maybe J. K. Rowling is an evil genius about to take on the world, like Pinky and the Brain. She has everyone hypnotized.
I read the first paragraph of the first book of the series wanting to see what all the fuss was about. I didn't like the tone, so I dropped the book and said, "Meh, this is stupid." My futile resistance continued as the first movie came out and the second, for, "I'll never turn to the dark side. Never."
On a mission for my church in New Zealand, I had a companion who enjoyed listening to the Harry Potter movie soundtracks leading me to say,"Et tu, Brute?"
So what led me to finally realize that I do like those green eggs and ham, fessing up to the brilliance of J. K. Rowling? The inflight movie on my way home from New Zealand was none other but "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." To my great dismay, I actually enjoyed it. I do love green eggs and ham, Sam I am!!
Then I saw the third film. I began reading the books. I don't remember how many were out at the time, but I read them through in time for the forth movie. So pretty much, my journey to the dark side was complete.
I'll admit, the first book of the series wasn't the greatest, but one can really see how the skill of J. K. Rowlings grew throughout the series. I'm coming to find that this is typical of authors, in general. The first book they write is always the worst.
I find that encouraging, since I published my first this past year. Since then, I've been tormented with remorse due to ways I've come to realize how it could have been a much better novel. I had to come to recognize it is still a work to be proud of despite the room for improvement. I also look forward to optimism that things will get better from here on out.
After all, the crowning jewl of the Harry Potter series, in my opinion, is the very last book. Hey, what do you know? I'm back to being compliant again. My favorite novel is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, even though you need the rest of the series that came before to fully appreciate it. I look forward to what Rowling comes up with next, after becoming the great author she is now.