Secret Subject Swap: June 6, 2014
Hello, hello and happy Friday to you!
Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap.
This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and
were assigned a secret subject to
interpret in their own style. Today we
are all simultaneously divulging our
topics and submitting our posts.
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featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.
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all out. See you there:
My subject is You get the chance to
live out whatever book you choose.
Which one is it?
It was submitted by: Stacy Sews And Schools
Stacy Sews And Schools, you are now my nemesis.
This prompt is too close to picking a favorite book and that is no more possible than picking a favorite breath you take!
I have fallen in love with so many books over the years, classics and modern alike. Whether it is funny or poignant, satirrical or a biography, horror or calming, l've enjoyed the genre.
The book or more accurately the series I chose, was for many reasons.
I could have easily picked any book I have ever read, looked at and fallen in love with, but this series nestled its way into my heart.
The Harry Potter Series.
Orginally, I wanted nothing to do with Harry Potter. Everyone was so hyped about it. They either loved it or participated in burnings of the book.
(And may I just say how atrocious it is to burn a book? Shame on any of you who have ever done that. Shame. On. You.)
Whenever there is some crazy following of a book I get turned off. I am not sure why that is, I just don't want to be part of the main crowd I suppose. I would rather focus on books that I know and love.
Secondly, I thought it only focused on magic. I hate magic. There is just something that gives me the creeps about magicians performing tricks. It is as if we are paying people to lie to us and pretend to be entertained. I know they don't really saw the woman in half. I know they don't really float. I know its an illusion, I just get irked that I am not in on the secret. I was certain that the book would irritate me to no end.
And finally, I thought it was a children's book. I knew a lot of my friends who read it, but I still held back. Certain I would be bored with the all-too common story line of happily ever after.
Was I ever wrong. What a pleasure it was to be wrong.
That is exactly why we do not judge a book by its cover. Although, I technically did not judge the cover because I fond the cover art quite charming. It was all the other factors I let harbor my judgement and delay my enjoyment of a series.
I actually watched the movies first. The movie (The Sorcerer's Stone)piqued my interest enough that it forced me to borrow the book from my brother-in-law's friend.
I devoured that book. I maybe got up to pee twice but I stayed up all night reading the first book.
I was in love. Harry, Hermione and Ron were now my new favorite characters (Sorry Mister Darcy!), I wanted to visit Hogwarts, I needed to hug Dumbledore and I just wanted to see Hagrid.
After the first one, I borrowed the next two,and then bought the rest of the series within the week. The only one I had to wait for was the Deathly Hallows.
The books although they focused on magic, wizardry and had amazing imagery, also focused on loyalty, companionship, good triumphing over evil, and love.
Love defeating pain.
That's always going to win me over friends.
As the books progressed, the more serious the battle between good and bad intensified.
The losses became bigger, my tears flowed, my heart wrenched, my babies, my Harry, Hermione, and Ron were choosing to fight on the side of good, they were growing up, they were facing battles and pain that no one should go through.
It is a story that shows you that pain can grow you. One way or the other. We have to make a choice which way we let it affect us.
It is a poignant story of how forgiveness could truly heal if we just gave it an opportunity. It shows how bitterness and pain can destroy your heart, contaminate your soul and ruin your life if you let it.
It shows you, life will go on, no matter what.
So, the Harry Potter series, as nerdy as it may be (and I embrace that fully with a huge smile on my face) is my choice. Always.
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”-Dumbledore