Armchair BEA begins today with folks all over the web hopping about to meet fellow lovers of books. Naturally it makes sense to greet these new book-lovers with an introduction!
My name is Sharon Lathan and I am a novelist. My full bio and publishing tale can be read on the About Sharon and other pages. As an author who draws heavily upon history, and who admittedly needs to connect with readers for success, blogging was a natural outcome. Fortunately I discovered that I love writing blogs about what I learn as I research! And I love, love, love to connect with my readers or potential readers.
I began in early 2006 with a forum-style website. From those humble beginnings my website/blog has grown, varying as time has passed. Now it is a mixture of historical information, news about my novels, entertainment, Jane Austen-related tidbits, and hosting place for my many author friends.
Questions from Armchair BEA—
Q – What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?
In 2013 I finally got around to reading the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I loved it! At the moment I am reading Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. BIG fan of the TV show, so figured it is time to attack the books. So far, excellent.
Q – What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like?
Honestly, when I am totally into a book I could be sitting on a rock in a snow storm. Nevertheless, I prefer to curl up in my comfy recliner. The pic here isn’t my reading nook, but I sure wish it was!
Q – If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring?
In this case I would have no excuse not to finish all the Martin A Song of Fire and Ice novels, so I’d bring them. Next I would grab JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I never tire of reading the trilogy! Lastly, but most importantly, I would bring my Bible.
Q – What book would you love to see as a movie?
Now that Peter Jackson has so brilliantly brought Tolkien to the screen, I would LOVE to see my next favorite fantasy series made into movies, or a serial on HBO. That would be The Belgariad and The Mallorean by David Eddings.
Now that you know ALL about me – LOL! – time to turn the blog post to the Armchair BEA topic for Monday: LITERATURE. The questions to dwell on and answer are these: What do you think of when you think of literature? Classics, contemporary, genre, or something else entirely?
I want to hear how you answer those questions. For me, I believe it is tragic that the instant definition that pops into my mind when I hear “literature” is the hoity-toity one of only classics or novels deemed valuable by a select group of literary snobs. In my heart that is not what literature is, or how the definition was meant to be interpreted. Literature, as defined in dictionaries, is: 1) “The body of written works of a language, period, or culture,” and 2) “written material such as poetry, novels, essays, etc, esp works of imagination characterized by excellence of style and expression and by themes of general or enduring interest.”
The second definition is where the snobbish attitude comes from. Yet who is to decide what is excellent or will be of enduring interest? I believe that ALL novels and written works are of value, the result of imagination and expression, and enduring to those who read and enjoyed them.
What are your thoughts on the subject? I want to hear! Then be sure to visit the Armchair BEA Headquarters to visit other bloggers participating in the fun. Comments and interactions serve as an entry into the massive prizes offered.