I’ve been re-reading a lot lately. Included in my list are books that I had previously felt were amazing and some that I felt were just okay. It’s been an interesting experience to go back to something that I haven’t read in years and see how it holds up to that first experience.
Something I’ve noticed about myself is that the first experience with a movie or book is usually enjoyable no matter how bad it is. I don’t know why I do this. The problem then is that when I return to the theater or the reading ditch or whatever I find that the media I had previously loved to consume now tastes slightly more of stinky-fruit than I remember it doing the first time. There are a few exceptions – times where it’s so obvious that the media is bad that even I can tell on the first experience. The dungeons and dragons movie springs forth instantly to mind.
I re read the following in the past month:
Last Call by tim powers
Expiration date, by tim powers
Harry Potter and the… books 1, 5 & 6
and part of the Once and Future King
I used to love the tim powers books, I thought they were creative and edgy; but now I find them just passable and disturbing. I used to just think the harry potter books were ok, but now I think of them as being well written and enjoyable. (Indeed, I just re-read number 6 in anticipation of number 7 which I pre-ordered while wearing a pointed hat and waving a stick around (in a side-side note: the Renaissance fair in cedar city now boasts a stand that sells “wands” alongside the swords, bodices and kettle corn.) and I find myself infuriated that I’m not able to immediately pick up number 7 and continue joining with my magical friends on their exciting adventures against the serpent-like forces of naughty. Curse you, richest lady in England! Curse you!)
I raise my voice with Brigham Young in saying: How did this happen? (If mickelle reads this she’ll know what I mean.) How did harry potter surpass tim powers in my literary world?
Here’s what I think: I think that there are different levels of maturity and development that we go through as human beings. What we find interesting at one point will not be interesting to us if we mature. So this means I’m still growing and maturing and learning to appreciate different things now, right? Of course, right.
Incidentally, The Once and Future King was neither moved up nor down on my ladder of awesomeness, but remains astoundingly impressive and enjoyable at the very top. Maybe I haven’t changed that much… or maybe some things are truly great no matter where you’re standing. No wonder both magneto and professor X both like it.