Posted by: Judy | March 9, 2021

Sci-Fi question

Over at Katie’s Cottage Books, she asked, “Do you enjoy Sci-Fi?”

https://katiescottagebooks.wordpress.com/2021/03/07/do-you-enjoy-sci-fi/

As I responded to her question, my answer was growing into post length, so I decided I might as well make a complete post of it. I remember when Star Trek first came out. Yes, I’m old enough.

I’m a confessed Trekkie. My siblings also enjoyed the Star Trek series. I think I’ve seen every episode of every series, except the last one. As much as I like actor Scott Bakula, I didn’t care for where the writers took the stories and stopped watching after the second season. Television, in general, was growing more violent and sexualized, taking the fun out of the adventure of visiting new places and meeting new people. Instead of exploring different cultures, they faced the worst of the worst without the best. Granted, a story isn’t a story without conflict but that doesn’t mean the conflict has to be soaked in the worst of humanity’s flaws.

In elementary school, I had a teacher who told my parents I had to stop reading horse books and expand my horizons. My parents supported the decision. I wasn’t interested, so I stopped reading anything outside of required reading.

In junior high or middle school, I read “The Lord of the Rings” twice. I was enthralled, but none of my friends were interested. I didn’t find LOTR friends until decades later when the movies came out.

In high school, I took a Sci-Fi class. We had to choose from the books the teacher offered and write a book report. I read Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and others. The book I remember best was “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” I loved the idea of being used as fertilizer for the rose garden. I also read “Stranger in a Strange Land,” though I only made it half way through the book. I disagreed with the author’s definition of humor, which was offered half way through, and I couldn’t move past it to the rest of the story. Funnily enough, I aced the test because it asked about what I got out of the story. I focused on that disagreement.

Years later, those books, and that one in particular, taught me I didn’t have to bend to the opinion of the “authority.” This is a huge lesson for a victim to learn.

I moved away from Sci-Fi to Fantasy, my first two years of college. Then I discovered romance novels. I was annoyed by how the protagonists hated each other and then magically fell in love within two pages at the end of the book. However, I also felt like those characters had more than I did in my long-term relationship. I broke up with my boyfriend of three years.

My reading choices varied, but I still struggled with reading. The movie LOTR came out, and I read the books again. It was lovely to revisit old friends. Some of my LOTR friends, whom I met on the Fan Club boards online, wrote some amazing fictional stories and shared them on the boards, my introduction to Fan Fiction. I dipped in my toe and re-discovered a love for writing.

One of my friends wrote a sweet romance for Frodo. We collaborated, for several years. Someone reading the serial story suggested I write a historical romance for Harlequin’s new line. And that is a story all its own.

I have two authors who write Sci-Fi that I read, Justine Davis and Gail Delaney. I love their characters and storytelling. Stephanie Meyer’s “The Host” is an amazing story. Though I didn’t care for her Twilight series, I admired her world building. She took the vampire genre and made it her own. She demonstrated the skill wasn’t a fluke when she published “The Host,” which I’ve read several times.

And now you know more about my journey with Sci-Fi than you ever wanted to know.


Responses

  1. Thanks. 😃


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