Success Stories

On the plane ride back from Orlando, I caught the headline at the bottom of CNN that read how The Hunger Games series has topped Harry Potter as Amazon’s top-selling books of all time.

When I read a headline like that, my immediate reaction is the dreadful “Does that mean Harry Potter isn’t as popular anymore?”  But after thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that The Hunger Games series wouldn’t be as popular as it is without the success of Harry Potter.  Neither would The Mortal Instruments series, the Twilight series, fill-in-the-blank with another chart-topping bestselling Children’s/YA book series.

Let’s face it: Harry Potter paved the way for the success of future Children’s/YA series.  When Harry Potter was first published, many didn’t think it would sell as well it did because it is a children’s book.  Seven books, eight movies, and an entire section of Islands of Adventure later, Harry Potter has made people pay attention and rethink the notion that just because a book is categorized for younger readers then it won’t draw in a large audience.

If you Google books/book series that are set to be made into movies, or are already movies, you’ll find a number are based off of ones that fall into either Children’s or Young Adult category.  I don’t think there would be as many without Harry Potter.  The Boy Who Lived has allowed other series to live successfully as well.



What to Pack

Anna Dressed in Blood is going in the carry-on…Photo Source

I’m leaving for Orlando next Monday to go to Universal.  I’m wicked excited about the trip because I haven’t been to Universal in years, and I finally get my chance to say I went to Hogwarts (and have a picture to prove it!)!

I’m in the middle of packing and getting stuff together for the trip, much to my cat’s disappointment.  My cat knows when I’m about to go away because he chooses to hide himself in my closet, in my clothes, and when that fails he plunks himself on top of my suitcase.

Alas, his attempts to keep me home do not work.  They just lay a major guilt-trip on me.

Guilt-trip aside, this is when I have to start making the major packing decisions.  By that, I mean what books to bring.

I’m currently reading Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones which I intend to finish before I leave.  I’m mildly tempted to bring the second book in the series, City of Ashes, with me.  But here’s my dilemma.  I really like the series so far, but the books are on the large side and not the best portable reads.


So I’ll reserve continuing in The Mortal Instruments for when I get back.

Barnes & Noble sent me two coupons this past weekend, one for 20% off and the other for 15% off.  I used both to buy the books I’m going to take on the plane: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake; and Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.

I love a good ghost story, and I’m a huge fan of horror.  I’ve also decided that Halloween, my second favorite holiday, doesn’t get enough it’s-Halloween-season-time acknowledgement because in terms of holidays it’s kind of in limbo.  In August and September everyone’s focused on it’s-back-to-school-time, so Halloween spirit usually gets at most a couple weeks in October (especially since Christmas season has now encroached into October).

So I’m getting into the spirit early by indulging my love of horror early on.  Hence, Anna Dressed in Blood and Skeleton CrewAnna sounds not just like a good ghost story, but a story that stands out amidst the sea of YA books to choose from.  I’m not bashing YA or YA paranormal romance, but it seems like in the past few years a lot of the novels that were published contain similar love triangle/love story arcs in terms of characters and their personalities to the point where I was turned off to YA for a while because it felt like publishers were only publishing books that fit a certain mold and were going off of a particular trend.  I’m looking forward to reading Anna because it sounds like it has a plot that is very unique, especially for the genre.

I chose Skeleton Crew because I’m a fan of Stephen King.  And if I want horror, then who else to read besides one of the modern masters?

The Fantasy Fantasy Olympics

I have a secret.  I don’t really watch the Olympics.  I might watch some of it, but I don’t keep track of which country has the most medals or anything I can’t go to Google for.  Please don’t hate me.  I’m just not a sports person no matter what the sport is.

But in honor of the Olympics, I decided to create my own fantasy fantasy Olympics team featuring characters from fantasy literature, film, and TV.  The events wouldn’t be swimming or kayaking; they’d be more like Wizard’s Duel, Quidditch, vampire slaying, zombie survival, time travel, lightsaber competition…you get the idea.


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Harry Potter

Lord Voldemort

The Doctor


Rupert Giles

I picked Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort to be coaches because although they both fought each other in an epic-showdown in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, you have to admit they are great motivators and know how to rally people around them.

I picked The Doctor from Doctor Who because he’s a Time Lord so he’s been all over the universe and has knowledge about the different species that inhabit it.  Not only has the Doctor been all over the universe, he’s even restarted the universe to save it from not existing all together.

Rupert Giles because in Buffy he’s the go-to person for anything research related, and he’s been part of every epic battle Buffy ever faced.  Plus he made hanging out in the school library cool again.

Yoda…come on, he’s Yoda.  How could you not want Yoda as a coach?


Anita Blake

Buffy Summers

Fitzpatrick “Trick” McCorrigan

Anita Blake is one of the most powerful characters in fantasy literature.  I think the question is, what can’t she do?  Not only is she herself bad-a** powerful, but those around her aka her boyfriends, are not to be messed with either.

Buffy Summers has fought monsters from different dimensions, saved the world on a weekly basis, and knows how to dress.  She’s the Chosen One for a reason.

Fitzpatrick “Trick” McCorrigan from Lost Girl is the Blood King who wrote Fae laws.  His blood has the power to make whatever he writes happen.  In addition, he knows more about the Fae than anyone else.

Team Members:

Hermione Granger

Albus Dumbledore

Minerva McGonagall

River Song

Willow Rosenberg


Bo (Lost Girl)

Sookie Stackhouse

Katniss Everdeen

Tony Stark

Mercy Thompson

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