Jan. 26th, 2016

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[personal profile] lucifuge5 prompted me with that, and that book is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for me.

Someone gave it to me as a present, and I was so offended to have been given the best selling children's book. Had they thought through this gift at all? Seriously, did they just think, this is popular, [personal profile] kiki_eng likes to read, let's get her this children's book. Done.

They gave me the best selling children's book. I was so offended. I was a young adult, and what was this book doing anyway, making the protagonist a wizard, had they not read The Enchanted Forest Chronicles? Didn't they know wizards were evil? Apparently not.

I didn't read it. It sat on my shelf, and sat, and sat.

...and then I read it, and I loved it, completely against my will. ...and I read it again, and again. I read the other books.

All of my family did. We shared copies. It was a whole thing. I remember going into the kitchen late one night for a drink of water or something and someone had left a book on the counter for the night; I ended up hunched over the counter, reading for who knows how long, sucked in.

Eventually I read Harry Potter fanfiction, and I read a lot of it. There was this thing called Fiction Alley, and I made an account there, and I became "kiki-eng". I reread Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone again, and I took notes. I got a livejournal account and I wrote a lot of drabbles about Remus and Sirius - characters I met in a book series I hadn't wanted anything to do with.

I don't think I've ever been more wrong about how I'd react to a book.

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