Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Novel Power: Have you fallen under a book's influence?

There have been few times in my life when I've read a fiction book and it has noticeably influenced my behavior during and after reading it.

I still remember the first time it happened.

Many years ago, a friend recommended I read a book. She'd read it, her sister and mother had read it, and so she felt pretty confident about the novel's power over people. She warned that if I read it too, then I should be prepared: The book had made everyone a little paranoid about their personal security. She said she would crawl into bed at night (she lived alone, as did I at the time), then she'd have to get up and check and re-check her doors and windows.

The book was Patricia Cornwell's Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta Series).

And my friend was right! I did get up to check and double check my locks.

I keep thinking I should re-read that book now that I know more about writing to see how Ms. Cornwell created such an intense connection with her readership.

Hmm... Maybe I should do that this summer.


Has a novel ever influenced you? If so, in what way? What was the book?


Mary Magdeline said...

In a different way Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught influenced me more on a writing level. She switches back and forth on POV (a definite no-no) - but it makes the book better. And her characters are so memorable. She also managed to squeeze every emotion imaginable out of me.

patonlorraine said...

Mary - That's great! I don't think I've read that book. I'll have to check it out.

Marlow Kelly said...

Wow, that is so cool. No that has never happened to me. But I have read books where the words, phrases and speech patterns have stayed with me.