Friday, August 19, 2011

Fan Letter Friday (11)

This is fan letter friday. All the time I see nice, special, kind and good authors on twitter, facebook, their own blog, etc. that I make friends with or follow on accident and I adore them. I like them as more than authors. I like them as people. So, I decided, since I don't have time to review every single book these people have written, I'm going to write to them. I am going to flaunt my love for them all over the internet and hopefully brighten their day. I am going to sound, insane, rambly and possibly like a stalker, but that's just part of the fun right?

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Dear Gail Carson Levine, (Author of The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Ella Enchanted, Fairest, Ever and many, many more)

You're the reason I want to be a writer.

As fan letters go, that's probably the corniest line ever, but it's true. I used to spend hours upon hours reading The Two Princesses of Bamarre over and over again. I couldn't stop. I loved Addie's courage, Meryl's perseverance and Rhys' good nature. I wanted to write a story like yours more than anything in the world when I was little. There was a period were every creative essay I wrote for class had two sister princesses.

Your book has been a big deal to me ever since my parents told me I used to hate reading. Apparently I would throw fits and cry if anyone tried to make me sound out a word. Funny thing is, I don't remember any of it. I just remember reading The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Harry Potter and Sailor Moon comics. It's an odd combination, for sure, but they make up some of my best memories as a kid.

You even did the most impossible of impossibles and got two sisters 4 years apart to bond. Ella Enchanted is my sisters favorite book in the entire world. If there was ever a fire in our house I'm confident she'd leave all her electronics and grab her copies of your book to save. She's read it so many times that we've had to buy her two replacement copies since hers is so tattered. (I've had to buy a replacement for The Two Princesses of Bamarre too.) I mean my sister is almost 24 years old and I'm nearly 20 and we still read your books again and again. I made both my mom and sister read Bamarre and talk about it with me. They both loved it.

As soon as I saw Fairest and Ever in stores I grabbed them, dumped them in the shopping cart and kept on walking. I read them that weekend and loved them too. Ever, especially made me happy and miss the books I read when I was little. There's just something timeless about your books. It doesn't matter if I'm 5 or 10 or 15 or even 20, I still adore and want to read them. There's an amazing and powerful magic in those kind of novels.

So thank you, thank you, thank you for writing books, making me love reading and inspiring my dream to be a writer.

Dearest love and good wishes,

For those interested:

Gail Carson Levine's blog and website.

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