Sunday, August 30, 2009
the first step is admitting you have a problem.
Hi, my name is Moonrat, and I am addicted to The Wheel of Time.
I had racked up a good 12 years of Wheel of Time sobriety--minus a mini-relapse in 2003, when I confess I reread books 1 and 2 but stopped myself there. But I'm afraid I've fallen off the bandwagon, good and hard this time.
Furthermore, my home environment is not conducive to recovery from this dreadful disease. My entire nuclear family, minus Momrat (who sniffs contemptuously at all things epic fantasy), is reading or rereading it with me. Right now, it's a competition of who gets to Book 4 (The Shadow Rising, obvi) first. And I am sorely behind, as I am the only one who doesn't own book 2! No more waiting for my brother or sister to finish--I must get my own copy and plow ahead!!
Now here's the thing about reading, in general. I read a lot (maybe you guessed?). And I've always felt I derived great cerebral pleasure from reading high-minded books I could brag about later, hoity-toity inaccessible classics and literary masterpieces that the New Yorker writes about. Or whatever.
But. BUT. The Wheel of Time is not like that (and this is something I'd forgotten in the last 12 years). The Wheel of Time is something I'm literally dying to read, desperate to read, sitting all day at my desk editing furiously so the time between now and 6:30 pm might come sooner! So that I can scurry home and flop on my bed and read until midnight, then wake up at 6:30 the next morning and squeeze in another two hours of reading before I have to leave for work! (Bathing be damned!)
Oh, the tragedy, the passion, the human drama! With the magic and the wars and yeah, some occasional crappy writing, but for the most part nothing so bad I can't turn off the inner editor saying, "Eek, maybe you should strike this para?" I am SUBMERGED. Nothing else matters anymore; nothing!
I know I'm not alone. This is a friendly forum here--you can trust and come forward. (Haters of WoT will be lovingly mocked, as you have lovingly mocked us in the past!)