Monday Morning Question: Outgrowing a Story?

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Good Monday morning everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend of reading and are ready to begin a new month of books and reviews. On the weekend the hubby and I try to get in a movie or two, usually our Netflix pick of the week and sometimes another from our limited home collection.  This week I somehow conned him into watching Twilight.  I told him I was in the mood for something cheesy and silly and he went for it to my surprise.  This brings me to my question this week:

What stories have you outgrown? 

While watching the teenage angst of a lackluster heroine and an overbearing possessive sparkly vampire deliver some pretty questionable dialog, I realized something.  I did not enjoy this story as much as I did before and it saddened me.  I had lost some part of me that used to be obsessed with this story and its characters.  I LOVED Twilight.  I used to read it every year and saw all the movies and then bought them once released to DVD.  Now…eh, I will probably keep them, but I can see the validity of all the criticism that people used to dole out about the franchise.  I should reread the books one more time to see if my opinion of them has changed as well.  These books opened a door for me.  I read them at the beginning of my current reading “hobby”.  Oh sure, I have always been a reader, but these books made me an obsessive reader.  I discovered that some stories could bring me such delight and help me escape that I became an addict looking for her next high.  This blog and my love of paranormal romance all owed to these books.  It makes me sad to think I don’t enjoy the story as much as I used to. I’ve changed. Of course this means I’ve grown and have found better stories and worlds to feed my reading need.  Still,  I think Twilight will hold a special place in my heart and my gratitude for introducing me to a genre that I love so dearly, even if the story makes me cringe a little when I read or watch it now.

 

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3 thoughts on “Monday Morning Question: Outgrowing a Story?

  1. I think certain books become important at different places in our lives. Catherine Marshall’s Christy was a favorite of mine when I was young. I think I’ve read it two dozen times, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I’d hoped when I read it a few years ago. T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, on the other hand, has grown with me over the years. I read it first when I was ten. Age and wisdom gave me a different perspective and I saw so much more in it each time I read it.

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