Alright. Even as my mind begins to flood with a world full of such glorious creatures (oh so my dream! :D) for the sake of delurking, fine. I will TRY to keep my hands to myself and curb the desire to lick Nutella off of you. What say you?
Well, I guess I just have to wait who is man enough to talk to me. ;)
Now, Aggie has suggested this really good idea that we should talk about books from our childhood/teens that got us interested in Romance:
Because there are so many different cultures commenting on this blog, I thought it would be really stimulating ... as I’m sure they would not all be the same. For example: Anne of Green Gables started me off. (I’m from New Zealand and this is by a Canadian writer: Montgomery.) I imagine anyone from USA it might be something like Little House on the Prairie (Wilder) or Little Women perhaps?
For U.K. it might be Wuthering Heights (Bronte) or Pride and Prejudice (Austen) and so on. What would it be for a reader from France, Spain, Italy or other?
I’m pretty sure it was Anne of Green Gables who popped Trollop’s Romance cherry (she loves Gilbert). That, or mangas of Candy Candy. :/ For me, I have two (two poppers are better than one :P) and both were written by Yanks:
First, the beloved classic, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It’s one of the things I stole from my grandfather’s library when I was a wee heathen. I was fascinated with the March family especially with Jo, who I thought was just like me: fun-loving, impulsive, with a love of literature and a mouth that sometimes she just can’t contain LOL. I think Little Women—with its witticism, fun, sense of comedy and tragedy—is a very realistic insight into the human heart. There’s something so irresistible about this novel, that even if there are parts that are too preachy, its warmth will always draw you in.
Then, there’s Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery award-winning novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Oh, I’ll never forget the very handsome Nathaniel Eaton, one of the most sarcastic and challenging young man I’ve encountered in YA books, who rescued Kit Tyler from those stupid villagers who believe her a witch! Kit has other love interests, but who cares about that overgrown idiot puppy William and that dull Biblical scholar John.
I can’t remember when exactly I first read these books but they did left an enormous influence on me. Both have the kind of heroines I always look for in novels: women who are not without flaws but they’re fun and strong, brave and intelligent. Both also have enough of romance in them that made me ask for more. I mean, surely not all the Teddys of the world would marry such brats like Amy! Though, I suppose, Teddy isn’t really man enough for Jo... Kit, on the other hand, showed me that even in a community of intolerant Puritans, as long as you have the will and compassion and acceptance, an independent headstrong girl can survive. And yes, never settle with someone just because he is available. Always be with someone you want but you can make without—but just by existing he enriches your life so much you’ll never want to.
So, what about you? What book/s set you off on your never ending search of that Perfect Romance? What appealed to you, and when/why?