- 15: five most influential books over your lifetime.
Bah, more book asks. All right:
1. The Zombie Survival Guide: While “World War Z” is Max Brooks’ arguably much better book, Zombie Survival Guide was what got me INTO zombies in the first place, when I was just a wee sophomore and a friend lent it to me. He has since been confirmed as a HUGE asshole, but goddamn did that book affect me with a lifetime love for undead, and the genre of horror as a whole. While before I had ideas about zombies, that book focused them like a fucking laser into a much clearer idea, leading me to a much better writing style.
2. Y: The Last Man: Yes, some may not allow this as a book, but this was the follow-up to The Walking Dead that taught me about the ideas of infrastructure and worldbuilding while focusing on a realistic group of characters and ideas. To be frank, before Y, I was much less grounded in my ideas - and that’s fine in some cases, but all of my characters were Mary Sues, all of my agencies were super overpowered, and all of my ideas were unrealistic. Y touched something in me, something that made me say, “Yeah, I DO need to shit all over my characters and give them terrible mental issues.”
3. The Seventh Tower Series: Many people do not know about this Garth Nix Series. People SHOULD know about this Garth Nix series. It influenced me a lot in my later years as a fantastical DM (that is, playing worlds that are more high-magic and less “supper gritty and torture scenes for everyone”), and I think it’s what gave me a love for many things. For one, snow scenes and terrains. I love the imagery. For two, warrior culture. For three, my LONG downward spiral of crushes on intense female warriors and playing intense female warriors. Because Milla Talon-Hand is like, the FIRST crush on a fictional person I ever had. I will leave you with her introduction: “The girl slid back her mask to reveal a pale, oval-shaped face and striking green eyes. But there was a spark there of extreme anger, and her cheeks were flushed with emotion.”
4. The Phantom Tollbooth: Read this book a lot when I was a kid. Many, many times. Probably the most surreal shit I’ve ever read. Gave me a real handle on writing as an art form and as a craft, plus a lot went into my sense of humor and personal artistic style. Professionally, probably the most influential book of my childhood.
5. Animorphs #54: The Beginning: It’s hard to think of a 5th SUPER influential book in my life. I can think of a lot of little ones at this point, but probably nothing as big as this one. This book gave me the downer ending. It gave me the character development. It gave me one of the feelingest feelings I’ve ever had, and has caused some of the strongest emotional reactions I’ve ever had. Even thinking about this book gets me choked up a little. I don’t want to talk about it much, but it’s good. It’s realistic. It’s what would happen if you put teens into the middle of a war for 7 fucking years. And damn do I love it.
30: pick one of your favorite quotes.
Not sure about this one, I don’t really have too many “favorite Quotes”. Most of them are like jokes or something because I have a strange inability to be moved or motivated by most things. I LOVE the opening to Dagon. But that’s a bit long. I guess I’ll go with some good ol’ Mitch Hedberg motivation: “You know, I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ‘em later.”