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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's no secret that I love the classics.  I can't help it, I just prefer the way stories of old were told.  It's a personal preference, and I know not everyone feels that way.  In fact, I wish I liked new books more because then I could see what made them bestsellers.

One genre I really skipped was "horror" of old because I'm a big chicken.  However, as I've gotten older, I've developed a taste for the macabre. (I did read "The Phantom of the Opera" which is as scary as I got.)  It doesn't scare me nearly so much and I've grown to like the sensation of fear.   Experts say it's the closest feeling to happiness. (Go figure -- I suppose that's why Horror movies are so popular, but I'm not going that route -- only in books.)

So I'm currently reading "Frankenstein" and the thing I love abou this book is that Mary Shelley and her friends (Percy Shelley and Lord Byron) held a contest to come up with the "best ghost story" and this was her contribution.  Not bad for a teenager, huh?  As I get ready to embark on a weekend with writers for a brainstorming session, it reminds me what being in the company of good writers can do for a person of words.  Does anyone out there still read the classics?

Oh, and next up, Dracula.  Which I hear I can't read at night like I can Frankenstein.  We shall see.
posted at 1:43 PM  
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At 2:31 PM, Blogger freddikb said...

I read Frankenstein a few years back and enjoyed it. I have not read Dracula. Other than Frankenstein, the other closest scary book I read was Rebecca. It has that phsycological thrill in it that I loved. After reading it I definitely saw why Alfred Hitchcock grabbed it for a movie.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I loved Rebecca, but that wasn't scary to me. I sorta wanted her to die. How bad is that? LOL

At 3:19 PM, Blogger jel said...

of all the books that I have read,
there are 2 that have scared, me in the worst of ways, are
The Oath~ and The Hiding Place.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger jel said...

oh I forgot one

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Being a Koontz fan, I loved his Frankenstein novel, at least the first one. Maybe the second. Never ready the original Frankenstein. You're a patient person to read the classics, Kris. I get bored far too easily!

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh I read those Jel, loved them both. But I like the psychological stuff, just not the violence. Frankenstein is very psychological and mysterious.

I'm patient with the classics only. I don't know why because I am not a fast reader of fiction. I mostly read non-fiction and go through it very quickly. But fiction, I take my time.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger jel said...

I like mysterious!

Have ya read any books of this author, that goes by the name of
H Alexander. in some of her early books. now talk about Mysterious,
very good reads.
But I did wondered if her hubby slept, with one eye open. :)

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Yes, sometimes Mel does sleep with one eye open. LOL But then, he's scared of spiders.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Cherry Odelberg said...

Yes, I read the classics - guilty of reading myself to sleep with Pride and Prejudice night after night after night.

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I love it Cheryl. I just love that book. I go back to the Thorn Birds all the time. It would drive Colleen crazy, lot of "head-hopping" but she is such an incredible writer.

FYI, I loved Frankenstein. It was a lot like Crime & Punishment.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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