(See the intro post for all the daily themes.)
Day 23 – Genre novel you haven’t read, but wish you had.
I’m going to up the ante on this one and change it to “genre novels,” because that way, the full impact of this confession will make itself known.
Ready? Here goes!
Yup, I admit it. I have not read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I mean, I read the first book, years ago, and part of the second, but then put it down and just never picked it back up again. This amazing classic fantasy trilogy has not been read by these eyes!
I did actually have someone go so far as to tell me, once, that I don’t have any right to call myself a fantasy fan if I haven’t read these books. While I can see where he was coming from, ultimately I think that opinion’s BS. As I replied to him, it’s much the same as liking my pizza without sauce. Unusual, yes, and surprising, but that doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to say that like pizza. I do. I just like it in a particular way.
Thus not having read these books doesn’t mean I can’t call myself a fantasy fan. Especially because it’s not even like I dislike Tolkien’s style of fantasy. It’s just that I never got around to reading these ones from beginning to end. I want to. I have the books on my shelf, presents from cousins when I was 12 years old and before I even liked fantasy novels. But for now, Lord of the Rings is my shame, because I think just about every lover of fantasy but me has read them at some point, whether or not they ended up liking them.