Why people read fanfiction

For some, fan fiction is the source of all evil, an abomination of writing in its purest form. According to them it's full of people trying to rip-off actual good writing, re-writing books in worse editions of the original. For others (among which I count myself), fan fiction is a blessing of sorts and we enjoy it just as much as actual books.

Okay, so admittedly, for every good piece of fan fiction, there are hundreds of bad ones floating around the internet. You will never hear me say that all fan fiction is brilliant. However, I have found out over the years that when you search well, there are some real gems out there.

So why do we love fan fiction?

March Book Haul

Here's my march book haul! Unfortunately some books that I ordered via the Book Depository have not reached me so the list is very short.

Review: Helmet for My Pillow

◆ Helmet For My Pillow by Robert Leckie
◆ Read March 2014
◆ English Edition
❝ Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts to ever come out of the Second World War. Robert Leckie was 21 when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in January 1942. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his journey, from boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifice of war, painting an unsentimental portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and all too often die in the defence of their country.

From the live-for-today rowdiness of Marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what it's really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow is a gripping account from an ordinary soldier fighting in extraordinary conditions. This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come.❞
This is a non-fiction retelling about the war in The Pacific, written by veteran Robert "Bob" Leckie. Robert Leckie was probably one of the most intelligent men among his fellow marines and it shows in his writing. His thoughts are profound and his words poetic, making his book (in my humble opinion) one of the better writings on World War 2.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works!

Review: Sweet Tooth

◆ Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
◆ Read February/March 2014
◆ English Edition

❝ Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.”

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.

Once again, Ian McEwan’s mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love and the invented self.❞
Though I took my sweet time with it, this book is really enjoyable. The plot captivated me from beginning to end and this is one of those rare cases where the flaws of a female character only made me love her more.

Review: Red Dragon

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
◆ Read February/March 2014
◆ English Edition

❝ Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him. But to do it, he must feel the heat of a killer's brain, draw on the macabre advice of a dangerous mental patient, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and follow a trail of microscopic clues to the place where another family has already been chosen to die--and where an innocent woman has found the Dragon first.
This is one of those rare cases where the movie and TV-show adaptions of the book are so much better than the original. Pretty much everyone is familiar with the movie Red Dragon and the complete and utter suspense and horror it portrays. Some might be familiar with the NBC's Hannibal that premiered last year, which gives a brilliant insight into the minds of the main characters.That very same suspense and insight was lacking in Harris' which is a bit of a disappointment.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favorite Classics

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works!

I've been meaning to do this meme for ages but it always slipped my mind. What better time to start than in the middle of university midterms, when I really should be studying? Exactly. This week's theme was to create a top ten of all time favorite books in a genre of choice. I decided to go with classics. 

Review: Delirium

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
◆ Read January/February 2014
◆ English Edition

❝ Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.
The Delirium-series is much loved around the world and it has quickly become a serious hype among avid book readers and Young Adult fans. While I enjoyed the first book Delirium, it did not live up to my expectations at all.

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