Bad Books

By CBramkamp Uncategorized 3 Comments on Bad Books

What did you read as a child that you shouldn’t have? Our parents could easily tell what films and TV shows to screen us from: there were helpful ratings.  But when I was a kid, parents may have controlled the films and TV shows we watched, no one was paying any attention to our reading material.  And if you read a lot, they had no hope of keeping up.

For instance, I read a book excerpt in Good Housekeeping Magazine from the book 83 Hours Till Dawn . The story  chronicled heiress Barbara Mackle’s first hand experience of being buried alive.  I can repeat that article word for word.  Nor was  my life appreciably  enhance after reading all the shocking sections from the Exorcist, the dog eared book clandestinely circulated up and down the halls of my Junior High.   I remember the details of a biography of Marie Antoinette and her rather bad end.    I consumed a biography Joan of Arc as well as  many books on the Salem Witch Trials.  I found these books in the school library – a cornucopia of un-filtered information. I was fascinated by it all.  I dont’ know if what I read in the past  informs my work now or not, but  when the case of hysteria among teen girls  broke out in Pennsylvania last year, I made the connection.

I’m not advocating censorship, I’m just interested in what I remember, what stuck.

What did you read as a kid that stuck with you to this day?

What did you read that informed your work now?

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  • Roni Loren
    Posted on April 28, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I remember reading my first love scene when I was like 13 in the Flowers in the Attic books. It was the second book, Petal on the Wind, and I can still remember the scene, lol. So I guess it had quite an impact. I write romance novels now so maybe it made even more of an impression than I realized! 🙂 (And ironically enough, those books have now been re-released as YA. Scandalous.)

  • hellachickie
    Posted on April 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I posted a comment for use via twitter but it disappeared I think

  • Juan
    Posted on May 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Before I was in junior high, I read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, the Charlie/Willy Wonka books and The Little Prince (still my favourite book to this day). After that, it was mostly school-required books like The Catcher in the Rye (another fave), Kes, Of Mice and Men, The Lord of the Flies and Macbeth (my fave play).
    As a parent I read to my son every night and he sees my wife and I reading all the time so he might get into books too. Right now, he does seem to be into them.

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