Monday, January 4, 2010

I love when a story affects me like this!

This is what writing is all about...for me, anyway. It's the emotion.....the way a truly great story stays with us and changes the way we think or feel about life.

Some of my all-time favorite stories are The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I am a sucker for a coming of age story and especially one like this that also shows the immensely strong connection between girlfriends.

I read book 1, got it from the library, and loved it. Not really sure where I heard about it or why I picked it up, but I was hooked. I read books 2 and 3, also from the library. The first movie came out (based solely on book 1), can't remember if it was before or after book 3, but I adored it. It didn't disappoint in any way (though it resolved an issue that wasn't resolved in the 1st was resolved in book 3). It took the characters I adored and brought them to life.

Book 4 was due to come out and I wanted to buy it. I knew I wanted to eventually collect them all. I had just seen the movie, so instead of spending the cash right away, I just bought 2 & 3, and read them to refresh my memory before 4 came out. 4 came out and I couldn't even wait for my collection is all paperback except for 4.

Movie number two came out and I was disappointed.....I loved some of it but found many faults it the way 3 books were squished into one 2 hour movie. So much was cut and that I'm sure disappointed far more fans than just myself.

So now we're at present day and while shopping for Christmas presents a few weeks ago for family and friends, I happened across a box set: both STP movies and Book #1...which I still did not have. I hinted to hubby that I would really like it for Christmas. And it was only $23! Needless to say, I got it and when I opened it up and looked into the eyes of the actresses on the cover...the four friends who had also become my friends, I got teary. My mind flooded with their story, the ups, the downs, the sadness, the joy.......

My dream is to make my readers feel this way about my stories.


  1. I want to have readers connect the same way with my book and characters!! What a great dream to have :)

  2. Wow I haven't read that series. I think I still need a good old fashion romance to hook me. Does it have that too?

  3. I have them all but haven't read them yet. It sounds like I need to move them up my TBR list.

    I love it when books have that effect on me. :-)

  4. I think that all writer's wish for their work to effect their readers like that. (: I know I do. I hope it happens for you. (:

  5. T. Anne, they are YA but lots of romance!!! They have a little bit of everything...I think that's why I love them so much!!

  6. Wouldn't that be awesome? To connect with readers like that? *sigh* I heard Ann Brashares speak in 2007 and she was super cool!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for following! I like your blog--and your book trailer! :)

  7. Thanks Dawn!!! Blogging is such a wonderful thing..I truly am enjoying meeting so many new people...especially writers!!

  8. Whenever anyone asks me why I write, I say, "I want people to feel the same way I feel when I read something that touches my heart." Can I pull it off? That has yet to be seen!

  9. Exactly!!!! Thanks for stopping by Bethany!