GUEST BLOG: Books That Haunt Me by Joely Sue BurkhartTuesday, August 21, 2012 10:00
As a voracious reader, I don’t have a very good memory. I have bought the same book more than once because it sounded good, but I didn’t remember reading it. I knew I read every single Amanda Quick… even if I couldn’t tell you which heroine and hero were in the book or exactly what happened. B.C. (before children) I would pick up three to four books just for the weekend and be sad when they ran out before Monday. I honestly think that’s partly why I started reading fantasy more in the early 2000s. Those books were THICKER. They would surely take me longer to finish!
But I got tired of reading so many books that simply blended together. I wanted those memorable books. Books where I would remember the characters’ names the next day. A week later. A year. Or a huge surprising scene that would haunt me until I’d even dream about it.
Honestly, it was that kind of memorable book that put me on the writing path many, many years ago. I just HAD to rewrite Gone With the Wind’s ending. Over and over and over. And, of course, it would thrill to me to no end to hope that some day one of my characters or scenes would end up on someone’s unforgettable list!
This is my list of haunting favorites:
1. Of course, Gone With the Wind. I read it three times in high school.
2. Lord of Scoundrels, when Jessica shoots Lord Dain. (And no, I didn’t have to look up their names!)
3. Who can forget Christian and Maddy in Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale?
4. Challen from Warrior’s Woman by Johanna Lindsey
5. Rejar by Dara Joy
6. Drago and Dany from Game of Thrones. (Yes, I quit watching as soon as the big event in Season 1. I knew it was coming since I’ve read the first three books in the series.)
7. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I know this is cheating to name an entire series (especially one so large), but it’s a testament to the author that I can still remember dozens of these characters and get into an energetic talk of subplots with my friend more than a decade after reading the first books.
What books or characters make your unforgettable list?
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