Today’s topic is quite difficult, mostly because I was never particularly into fandoms. There were series I liked, and I connected with other people because of them, but I didn’t frequent fan sites or particularly engage with other readers. Still, the approach I’m taking towards this is by choosing books that I was once a huge fan of but no longer interact with as much. Not much of an intro this week, let’s get stuck in! As always, you can find out more about Top 5 Wednesdays here, and my list is in no particular order.

1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

“Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason … HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!”

Ok yes I know, I talk a lot about Harry Potter and I obviously still love it. However, I used to be obsessed with it, to the point where I would write my own letter from Professor McGonagall summoning me to Hogwarts, and writing a reply back. I would read the books back to back, starting again once I finished the last one (this was before the entire series was published, I particularly remember doing this for GoF and OotP). I was also particularly active on the Harry Potter threads on the Neopets RPG board (the mid-2000s were a magical time), and wrote fanfic, which I haven’t done for any other book. I still love the books, and I still read the books regularly, but I’m less active now. Still hoping for that Hogwarts letter though!

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2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

“In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.”

This pains me to write, because I now hate Twilight with a vengeance, and I critique extremely harshly. I fell down the Edward-is-perfect-hole and didn’t think about the fact that he’s controlling scum and the series largely romanticises emotionally toxic relationships. Ugh I feel so gross just admitting I loved this series, let’s just say that when I was 16, myself a group of other girls were super into it, so at least I interacted with people because of it.

Ugh

3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (along with the musical by Stephen Schwartz)

“An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.”

While I did enjoy the book, this mostly pertains to the musical, which a friend introduced me to while we were studying our A-Levels (she was also part of the Twilight fandom. I still like listening to Wicked, and I saw it in the West End a few years ago, but I used to listen to it repeatedly every day, and I even roleplayed as Elphaba in Harry Potter RPGs at times. I still maintain that there should be a crossover.

Wicked

4. Love Hina by Ken Akamatsu

“At the age of 5, Keitaro and his childhood sweetheart promised to meet again as students at Japan’s most prestigious university. Now 20, he can’t pass his entrance exams…or even remember the girl’s name. Stumbling into a fluke job at an all-girls dormitory may be his last chance. In the series that inspired the new hit anime, Love Hina proves that love conquers all. Even stupidity.”

I don’t really talk about manga very much, and that’s mostly because I don’t really read it. I like it, and I’ve picked up books here and there, but I find it hard to stick to. However, I was very into Love Hina, and I loved that there could be graphic novels that didn’t centre around superheroes, and focused on everyday life in Japan (with zany adventures, of course). I owned all the books and loved the art style, but I’m less interested in romance stories now, mostly because I’m lucky enough to receive all the romance I need from my relationship. Still have very fond memories though.

Love Hina

5. Pokemon

“I wanna be the very best
Like no one ever was
To catch them is my real test
To train them is my cause

I will travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Each Pokemon to understand
The power that’s inside

Pokemon, gotta catch ’em all
It’s you and me
I know it’s my destiny
Pokemon, oh, you’re my best friend

In a world we must defend
Pokemon, gotta catch ’em all
A heart so true
Our courage will pull us through2

You teach me and I’ll teach you
Pokemon, gotta catch ’em all
Gotta catch ’em all
Pokemon!”

Yes fine this isn’t a book, but I was there when Pokemon first hit. I remember watching the first episode, I remember getting my first Pokemon cards, and I remember playing my first Pokemon video game (Yellow). I wanted them to be real so badly, and spent hours learning facts about them from game guides (back when the internet existed but wasn’t widespread). I even collected cute little figurines. I still like Pokemon now, but I’ve fallen so far behind with it. Why do they keep coming up with more?!

Pika

So there’s my list for this week. If you’d like to buy any of these books, you can do so from The Book Depository (using this link will earn me a small commission). I can also be found on Facebook, Goodreads, Etsy, and Twitter. Until next time, may your plots be satisfying and your characters get what they deserve.

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