Saturday, August 30, 2008

I've Created A Twilight Virus

A little over a year ago, I told you the inspiring story of how I gave my young hairdresser (a self-identified nonreader) a copy of Twilight for Christmas, and eight months later she called me at home to tell me how much she loved it. You remember that, right?

Well, I was in having some work down this past week, and the first thing K. said to me was, "I've finished all four of them." She'd read the entire Twilight series and loved Breaking Dawn. She thought the series ended perfectly. She said she'd like to read all the books over again next summer.

She also said she tells everyone about the books and hopes they all like them as much as she did. She then turned to a client in the next chair and said, "This is the woman" (meaning me) "who told me about that book I told you about." Later, while we were over next to one of the sinks, still another woman comes over to tell K. that her daughter had read over a hundred pages of K.'s copy of Breaking Dawn, which she had loaned her the day before. The girl reader (twelve years old) had stopped fighting with her brother to read.

K. told me she has a Twilight calendar with pictures from the upcoming movie.
Now, okay, I wasn't super fond of the second through fourth books in the Twilight serie. Nonetheless, it is quite a thrill to have excited someone so much about a book and reading that she's spreading the word about the book herself.

Now I need to find a new series for her.


Jeannine Atkins said...

That is quite a thrill! My haircutter says he does not read, case closed, and probably cutting my hair is as close as he ever wants to get to literacy. So good for you. I wish I had another series to suggest.

Gail Gauthier said...

If she had been my age, I would never have tried it. If someone my age chooses not to read, so be it. I'll respect that choice. But K. is a young soul, and I feel a responsibility to do my humble part for the young.

tanita✿davis said...

How awesome are you? Even if it's sort of an icky book -- hey! Reading! Another series suggestion: The Faerie Queen's Lament is coming out in October - by Maggie Stiefvater. It's sequel is scheduled for October 2009. The romance element is not that strong, but it's I've been 17 For Awhile faery human boy + Human girl.

Also, she might try Wicked, Lovely and Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr -- that got a lot of people over their Twilight angst.

Gail Gauthier said...

At first I thought you were recommending Spencer's The Fairie Queen. So glad you weren't. I'll definitely look into those titles.

Jen Robinson said...

That is a really cool story, Gail. I love it. THAT is the way to get books into more people's hands.

Sonja Cole said...

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins has been the viral book in our office this summer. That ARC is so beat up from being passed around. I want to give this book to everyone I know!

Gail Gauthier said...

But my impression of Hunger Games from what I've read about it is that it may not include sexually frustrated characters. I think that may be what K. and her friends liked about it.

Anonymous said...

"sexually frustrated characters"
NOW, I see the appeal. thank you gail for encapsulating that so perfectly.