Wednesday, May 6, 2009

When it comes to reading, I am a huge nerd. I like some writer's writer stuff, like Faulkner or Delillo, but really what I get wrapped up in is Tolkien. I have read Lord of the Rings twice in the past three years, Children Of Hurin, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit. I've started on The History of Middle Earth, which is an advanced nerd-level journey into Tolkien's works regarding Middle Earth.
Basically, some geeky stuff. The problem I have is ever since I read Lord of The Rings for the first time a few years ago, I have had trouble reading anything else. I read Harry Potter. More nerdy stuff. Recently, I started reading Ulysses and found it too grounded and realistically mundane to be of interest to me (and this, one of the greatest novels of all time) so I started reading Eragon and found it more intriguing. That should be considered literary blasphemy, but the truth is I just can't seem to get into any other form of literature right now. I was so excited about reading James Joyce. . . and then, nothing. I couldn't get the ball rolling.
Traditionally I have been able to read anything I could get my hands on. I don't quite get why I am having this problem now. I read The Chronicles of Narnia in elementary school, and it didn't ruin me for life and turn me into a sci-fi only reader.
The only thing I can think of is that these novels have become a form of escapism for me. They all envelop the reader in a vivid world that has NOTHING to do with the world we actually live in.
This concerns me, because I fear that this could be a gateway drug into some thing I really don't want to get involved in.
If Hot Topic could make up a book about something that would help them sell their pseudo-emo-goth crap, it would be Twilight.
If I ever buy Twilight, I DEMAND an intervention.

Yours truly,

Kyle R. Raker


  1. While, I'm thankfully not as nerdy as you... I too have read Lord of the Rings more than twice in my lifetime. I won't go into specifics exactly how many times. (Tried the Silmarillion but couldn't get past the first 50 or 60 pages.) The only other series epic enough to challenge LOTR, in my experience, is Steven King's Dark Tower series. I read the entire series over the course 15 years, or so, since it wasn't finished when I started reading it. But, during those 15 years I obsessed about it. When the last three books came out (years after the first four were published), I devoured them. If you haven't already checked it out, do yourself a favor and get into it.

  2. I have not read anything by Stephen King, actually, except for his book on writing. I garnered so much respect for him after reading that book. I really should check out his Dark Tower Series. Adding it to my wish list.

  3. oh wow. . . JJ Abrams is going to direct the film adaptation!

  4. I should mention, if you haven't read any of his other works, you might want to start with some of his classics... there are characters and themes the Dark Tower pulls from. Since it's King's magnum opus, he pulls from his entire body of work, and channels fictional elements he's created into the Dark Tower's "universe." Check the wikipedia page for more info, but The Stand, 'Salems Lot, and It would be good ones to start with.

  5. 1. Stephen King is amazing, and after dark tower you should read the stand.
    2. If you ever read twilight I will cut your dick off.
    3. Play video gamez lolz it's like bookz but less reading n more noise n picturez.