My tribute to VC Andrews & Stephen King
I have read books for as long as I could remember. It was always very vital to me that I would have some book that I could read. I would read books many in one day, and if got to the point that I would annoy the librarian because I read so quickly, I had nothing else to read.
I use to read things like The BabySitters Club, Sweet Valley High, The Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew. It was then that I realized that I needed a challenge. I needed books that I wouldn’t be able to finish in an hour or so.
I was an advanced reader for my age, so my mother introduced me to VC Andrews “Flowers in the Attic”. I know it seems why would I be allowed to read such things, but as I mentioned I was advanced when it came to reading.
I absolutely loved the way the book was written. It was different from the books I was used to, but it was great. If you never read Flowers in the Attic it’s about four siblings who mother and grandmother locks them up in an attic for three years. It is full of drama, lies and family secrets. It falls in the gothic horror genre.
I finished this book within two hours and I immediately had to read the rest of the series which my mother had in the bookshelf. So I read the final four books and I was hooked. The Dollanganger series became my favorite series of books from V C Andrews. .
She was able to take me to a place where I could feel pain, empathy, sadness and confusion while reading her book. I was able to feel emotion while I read. That’s one of the best things about reading the ability to be transported to another world.
Then there was Stephen King. The master of horror. I have read all of his books, but one. I love the way he was able to make you feel just a little bit fearful by just using words. A phrase or an action and you felt just a bit uneasy.
Carrie was my favorite book written by him. The story was written well and though Carrie caused so much destruction by the end of the book, I sympathized with her. She had been through an ordeal from a bunch of mean spirited girls.
If you have not read Carrie. It was about a shy high school girl who recently found that she had telekinetic powers. At prom she exacts revenge on the kids that tormented her in school. This was King’s first novel and my favorite book of his.
Both of these authors were stepping stones in me wanting to become an author. Of course there are many other writers that I love, but they are two of my favorite.
So I wanted to say Thank You Very Much VC Andrews & Stephen for making me the reader & writer I am today. Of course as I writer I am still growing, but I thank them for the inspiration.