Damn you, Jim Butcher. I blame you for how addicted I am to your stupid books. I am such a fan-boy (fan-man…wow that just sounds wrong) and this Tuesday, Ghost Story comes out, and my addiction to this series continues ever stronger.
It is a little sad just how excited I am to read this book. Now, I have always been a bit of a nerd, but I like to think I have always handled myself with appropriate aplomb.
Ok, maybe not…but it sounds good in my head when I say that.
It started when I was six and I saw Star Wars: A New Hope. Part of me thinks that my nerd fate was sealed at that point. Hell, up until about 10 years ago, I still had the ticket stub for that movie. Somehow it got lost, but those things happen.
Then I hurt my ankle one summer and could run around like a maniac (cuz that is what nine year old kids do), and I went into the library. Do you ever just have a moment of clarity and realize that something in your life just clicked. I had no idea what it meant, but that day changed my life. I asked the library what would be fun to read and she gave me the Hobbit…which I devoured in about ten minutes. From there I read the Lord of the Rings.
Now keep in mind I was nine. I did not really understand what was going on in the story sometimes. But damn it, there were elves, and dwarves, and a ring!
As I got older, my love for the fantasy genre got stronger. I discovered authors that I still cherish. David Eddings, Terry Brooks, and C.S. Lewis to name a few.
But now I am 40 years old and in my life, four things have taken my nerd and sent it into a frenzy. Star Wars (obviously), The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter (which is an entire different discussion), and the Dresden Files.
I remember when Chris and Amy (not sure if it was both of them…or just one) said I should read them. There was not a lot of urban fantasy written at that time, and I laughed at the idea behind the story. The television show was about to start. So, I did not read the books at first because of that. Eventually they convinced me to try them.
I was hooked. I would like to say cuz they were superbly written, but that would be a lie. The first two books in the series are not written that well. Which is funny, cuz I have read them so many times now that I love them regardless of that. To me the story starts getting better at the end of the third book (grave peril), and the story really takes off in book seven (dead beat). That could be the necromantic dinosaur talking, but who knows.
Now I am full on addicted. I got to playtest the rpg that Evil Hat made about the game. That experience was awesome, and the game is great.
Let’s see all of the ways that Jim Butcher has affected my life. The books, graphic novels, the TV show, t-shirts, the rpg, most of my online profile pics are Dresden Files related, and random quotes I love.
Look, I know this series isn’t for everyone. I get that. I listen to people all the time say how awful they are. That is fine, everyone has the right to their opinion….just as I do. But for some reason the wise cracking wizard, with an oversized view of self-righteousness….just hits home for me. I feel like this character and I have a lot in common (minus the ability to smite people that annoy me with magic). Although it has been said that it is a good thing I cannot do that, cuz I may not be the best person to have that kind of power.
So yeah, I love the books. I get all excited when they come out. I get all teary-eyed and emotional when things happen to characters I love. That is what literature is about, right? Having something pull us in and care about? That is what makes novels and movie so powerful.
So, damn you Jim Butcher. Damn you and your books that have taken such a foot hold of my life.
Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way.