Style, I think is what impacts me most… those occasional authors that have a real and present voice in their stories. If I find one that is exceptionally striking I find that I tend to “try it on” for a bit, to see how it shapes what I have in mind and the stories I want to tell… I think of it a lot like a child imitating a parent (though in this case it is more of a peer to peer thing). I have seen it annoy people when I do that, but I think it is all a part of finding and developing one’s own voice.
I love to read magic realism, give me Gabriel Garcia Marquez and I am happy. I love young adult and children’s books. I love illustrated books and recoil when I hear people making fun of those as if they were somehow lesser forms of literature. I think these two often share so much in common. They both tend to incorporate a hero’s journey into the story, there is redemption and learning.
From the Magic Realism Wikipedia page
I do not like reading horror, ironic to write under a Stephen King quote – I am ok with psychological thrillers but horror – not for me… life is way too short to scare myself. I don’t like the way I feel after dealing with literature that focuses on ugly human behavior, it shifts something in me that I consider elemental… I get nervous, prone to more anxious states of being, I dream of blood and gore. It is not a pleasant thing for me> I don’t begrudge anyone that enjoys it, though I do wonder how they can manage that inner conflict or even if they get it or are they not affected by it.
I don’t know, I also don’t know if I want to know how this might affect my writing, I am sure it would have an effect though!
Today my blog hat tip goes out to Merlene Fawdry. I felt in like I was in like-minded company in regards to how we both claimed books from our youth helped shape us! I also appreciated her adoption story posts. I have a cousin who was given up for adoption and with whom we as a family have reconnected. It is such an amazing, difficult, heartbreaking struggle to navigate all these kinds of choices. I think my cousin had an epiphany of sorts about her own adoption when my aunt asked her to read a book written by young women that were sent to homes for un-wed mothers and what that process was like for them. I loved how Marlene tried to be impartial about the home where she was born, and had a change of mind of sorts regarding it and the program. I agree with her that adoption is a rough place with different issues depending on which side of the triangle one is on! I put her book on my Amazon wish list!