Today's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is a "fandom freebie." I'm choosing to focus on ten literary worlds that can count me as a devoted fan.
I'm thirty-six, so I tend not to use the term "fangirl" to describe myself. But I absolutely use the verb "fangirling" to describe my behavior at times -- I can act all fangirly even if I'm not exactly a fangirl. Just drop a character name or quote a line, and *boom!* I'm ready to discuss, dissect, drool, or daydream. Also bounce and make happy noises. Pretty much this:
I belong to a multitude of fandoms, both literary and filmed, but today I'm going to limit myself to talking about my top ten book fandoms because, after all, this is my book blog. And I have to draw the line somewhere, or we'd be here all summer.
1. Sherlock Holmes
I'm a Sherlockian. Or a Holmesian -- I'll answer to either :-) I first started reading his stories in my early teens and have grown to love the canon dearly. I also love Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels by Laurie R. King, the Granada Television show starring Jeremy Brett, and much of Sherlock. But the canon is the best.
2. Lord of the Rings
I came to LOTR backwards. My college friends dragged me to the theater to see The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, and I bought a copy of the books that same week. I've read the trilogy six times, and am calling 2017 My Year in Middle Earth because I'm reading it again, and digging into several other books about Tolkien or Middle Earth as well.
3. Anne of Green Gables
I've been an Anne fan since one of my mom's friends introduced us to the books when I was probably seven or eight. We watched the movies over and over as I was growing up, but I like the books best, especially Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of Windy Poplars, and Anne's House of Dreams. I dream of visiting PEI one day.
4. Raymond Chandler
My absolute favorite author. I've read all his novels and short stories numerous times, and re-read one now and then just for the pure delight of soaking in his amazing descriptive power. People ask me what my favorite Chandler novel is, and the truth is, I don't truly have one. My favorite tends to be whichever one I read the most recently.
5. William Shakespeare
This one's pretty obvious, given that I've taken my blogging name from one of his plays. I love Hamlet the most, and also Much Ado About Nothing and Taming of the Shrew, but I get a lot of joy from many of his works.
6. Jane Austen
Ahh, the divine Jane. I prefer being called an Austenite rather than a Janeite, but either way, I'm a fan. She makes me laugh, she makes me think -- it's all good. I love Persuasion the most <3
7. Nero Wolfe
I came to Rex Stout's mystery series backwards too -- first, I started watching the A&E series starring Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin and Maury Chaykin as Nero Wolfe, then I found some of the books at the library and tried them. How I love those books! They're my bookish version of comfort food.
8. Robin Hood
I've been a fan of Robin Hood in books and on film since I was very tiny. It started with the Disney read-along book that came with a record, which I totally still have -- my kids listen to it now. I've had to tape the cover of the book back on like three times. Then I progressed to the Great Illustrated Classics version, which I wore out. Except the last chapter. I never read the last chapter in any Robin Hood retelling that is going to involve Robin Hood d-y-i-n-g. If I don't read it, it doesn't happen. Just the fact that the chapter is titled "The Death of Robin Hood" or something equally dismal doesn't make it so, as long as I don't read it. My favorite book version so far is definitely Howard Pyle's, which delights me to no end.
9. Harry Potter
Yup, I'm a Potterhead. (Is that still what HP fans get called?) My favorite characters are Sirius Black, Severus Snape, and Ron Weasley. My favorite book is Prisoner of Azkaban. I like some of the movies too.
10. Jack Aubrey & Stephen Maturin
I read all 20 of Patrick O'Brian's naval novels more than a decade ago, before there was a movie, and I have been itching to re-read them. Maybe I'll dedicate the next two years to them or something. I love hanging out with those characters!