So this month’s blog chain is about BOOKS THAT HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE. As I sat at my computer – which happens waaay too often, let me tell you – my first thought was Harry Potter. Harry Potter has changed my life. And that’s true enough, but I think it’s a bit obvious. And besides, the writer I am now is not the writer who was influenced by Harry Potter. Which is probably for the better, looking back on my first “novel.” Good times…
So I kept thinking, and eventually I reached the answer of Looking for Alaska. First of all, Looking for Alaska introduced me to John Green – since then I’ve read every one of his novels, as well as his co-written ones. Thank God I did stumble across it.
But it wasn’t just because of that. I think Looking for Alaska was when I first considered writing contemporary YA. I’d read Jodi Picoult before, but I’d never found a YA equivalent. Never considered writing it.
And there it was. Looking for Alaska is the reason I’ve written two contemporary YA novels. It’s the reason I’m the writer I am now. It’s the reason I’ve watched all 1000+ of John Green and Hank Green’s Youtube videos. Basically, it’s changed my life – and for the better. The much, much better.
Since then I’ve picked up so many contemporary YA books, which have enriched my thoughts and my writing. I’ve discovered Twitter – yay for TCWT – and grown as a writer.
Harry Potter will continue to influence me, just as it has since I picked it up in second grade. You can’t erase that kind of huge series. But Looking for Alaska is the book that really defined me as a writer. It’s changed my life, and for that I’m grateful.
Here are the other butterflies participating in the blog chain:
January 5th – http://fida-islaih.blogspot.co.uk – Muslim Spirit by Fida
January 6th – http://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com – The Teenage Writer
January 7th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com – Miss Alexandrina
January 8th – http://cinderscoria.blogspot.co.uk – Between The Lines
January 9th – http://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com – Avon’s Babbles
January 10th – http://www.nonconformistwriter.blogspot.co.uk – Life.
January 11th – http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com – Inside The Junk Drawer
January 12th – http://notebooksisters.blogspot.co.uk – Notebook Sisters
January 13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com – Musings From Neville’s Navel
January 14th – https://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com – The Loony Teen Writer
January 15th – http://mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com – A Mirror Made Of Words
January 16th – http://epistolarygirl.wordpress.com – Epistolary Girl
January 17th – http://www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.co.uk – Inklined
January 18th – http://zarahoffman.tumblr.com – Zara Hoffman’s Blog
January 19th – http://sydneyjoto.wordpress.com – SydneyJoTo
January 20th – http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com – Reality Is Imaginary
January 21st – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com – The Little Engine That Couldn’t
January 22nd – http://www.katrinakennedy3.wordpress.com – Writers Response
January 23rd – http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com – John Hansen Writes
January 24th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com – Miriam Joy Writes
January 25th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com – Teens Can Write, Too! (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)