24. Your favourite series
Well now, let me think… there was this series about a boy, and he had a mortal enemy who really didn’t want the boy to get through school and lots of people loved it and they made films and not as many people loved them and in the end…. well that would be telling. Can you guess what it is yet (oh dear referencing Rolf Harris makes me feel dirty, sorry about that)?
Yes, you’re right! It is of course –
by JK Rowling. But that’s a somewhat obvious choice isn’t it? And given my lamentable fail of a post yesterday I’m going to pick a few more.
2. Earth’s Children by Jean M. Auel. This series of 5 books (that’s 5 because we don’t talk about The Land of Painted Caves) is set around 30,000 years ago and follows a young girl, Ayla who loses her family in an earthquake and is taken in by a passing clan of Neanderthals. Growing up as a Homo sapiens among the Clan is difficult for Ayla as she can never quite account for the differences between her and her adopted family. Not to mention the dislike many of the Clan hold for her. But that’s only the first book! The successive publications saw Ayla set out in search of her own people and a place where she could truly belong.
It’s true that the later books became harder to read as the fascinating characters and customs of the people Ayla met gave way to endless descriptions of the flora and fauna of the last Ice Age but actually that could be interesting as well. I also didn’t much care for the romance between Ayla and Jondalar – one too many love triangles to keep me interested but overall this was an excellent series. Although I’m fascinated by ancient peoples so this may go some way to explaining my love of it.
3. The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne (and Todd) McCaffrey. I extolled the virtues of Anne McCaffrey in an earlier post and I was talking about Pern so I won’t go into too much detail here. Suffice to say that there was a period of my life when I very much wanted to go and live on Pern and find myself a fire lizard (I didn’t want a dragon, I had my fill of riding giant beasts when I fell of a horse at age 9) and be taken in by a Weyr or the Harperhold or somewhere exciting like that. The rural way of life seemed pretty appealing itself and all the people were just so nice. There are still several books in the series that I haven’t read including almost all of the later ones by Todd McCaffrey who began coauthoring books with his mother in 2003. So there’s still more of Pern to discover which I will get round to one day!
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was dubious about The Hunger Games at first but I got a copy of the first book and it was sitting on my desk when I picked it up to have a look at the first page one morning and it’s fair to say that I was late for work that morning. From the very first page I was absolutely gripped although I found it far too emotional to read on the tube and instead had to keep it in the privacy of my own bedroom where I could cry as much as I wanted (yes, I’m a crier, it can be deeply embarrassing sometimes as I’m very easily moved to tears). The later books weren’t so good and I found it a struggle to get through Mockingjay at times but overall I loved the word Collins created and although Katniss started to come across as a bit whiny in the third book, thinking about it she probably had every right to moan.
5. The Belgariad by David Eddings. So clearly I like my fantasy… I read The Belgariad years ago and its sequel The Mallorean both of which are 5-book series set in a fictional world full of wizardry, prophecy, epic quests and all-powerful Gods. I don’t remember the series well but I do remember that I enjoyed them so much that I refused to read the epilogue t the back of The Seeress of Kell as I didn’t want them to end.
So there you have it, a much more successful post than yesterday I’m sure you’ll agree!