Oh, we have them all! Don’t tell me otherwise. You know… those books you are too embarrassed to admit you read. Your friends and family might be rolling their eyes when they hear about them, but you like them, read them, buy them and can’t get enough of them. Are you blushing? Yes, yes, you are. *laughs*
And yes, I’m going to ask you about them. But, quid pro quo is a fair play. So, here they come…
Karl May as Old Shatterhand
Every two years or so, I regress to my teenage years (surprise, surprise!). Over the period of few weeks I tend to reread all YA* books I was reading when I was sixteen or seventeen. The star writer? Karl May.
For all of you who don’t know, Karl May was a German writer (1842 – 1912) who wrote the books about wild, wild West and created the characters of Winnetou, Old Shatterhand and Old Firehand, although he visited North America only once, four years before his death, and long after he wrote his popular books. While it is obvious he has read about the West, there are some details that are just plain ridiculous: like Old Shatterhand burning the cacti in the desert to create the clouds and thus rain! But, I loved these books when I was a kid and I love them still, ridiculousness included. There’s so much innocence in them as well as belief that that all men are created equal and should live in piece. Considering how our world is – more people should read May’s books. However, I must say that if you didn’t read these books when you were younger, they probably wouldn’t have the same appeal.
Before the movie, Brokeback Mountain was a story by Annie Proulx
Gay romance. I’m addicted. Girls (and why not, boys), just imagine: everything you like in het romance plus two hot men. There is nothing better. Like any romance really, there is a lot of trash there, but when it works – it really works!
Also, they have a certain egalitarian feel to them. Not in the physical sense – after all, men can be abused, looked down on, manipulated the same way as women. I’m talking more about psychology here. You know how they say: men are from Mars, women are from Venus? Well, it’s interesting to read the story where two characters both have similar makeup, i.e. they are both Martians (lol!).
Additionally, there is no woman in this world who didn’t face a bigotry in one form or another. Reading about people who experience much, much worse on a daily basis can really make you reevaluate your views on life.
Cover of J.R.Ward's Lover Mine
J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Oh, boy… The series can’t be seen as Literature by any stretch of imagination, but… I… just… don’t… care! *laughs*
From the fact that it’s about hip-hop listening, leather-wearing, sex-on-legs, foul-mouthed, angst-ridden vampires to sometimes over-the-top, quasi-cool language and plain ol’ gore– I just don’t care!
Several people have pointed out that this series is like crack – once you start reading, there is no way out. While my experience with the said drug is fortunately non-existent, the series is addictive to the nth degree and BDB Anonymous have another member, unwilling to go through their 12 steps.
I just finished the latest installment, Lover Mine (released on April 27th) and I’m already thinking: Who can wait a YEAR for the next book?!
So… That was embarrassing. Or not. *laughs* I like what I like.
Tell me about your Guilty Pleasure Books. NAO!
* Young Adult