“Doors are for people with no imagination.”
I will always remember when I first read this. It was back in 2009. I was over at a friend's house when her older sister, Emma, recommended it to me. "I just know you'll love it," she told me when she handed her copy over.
You have to understand that, at this point, I wasn't a big reader. Yeah I didn't mind reading, but I also didn't love
it. I didn't sit down for hours on end with a book in my hand. I didn't value the power of words as much as I do now. The closest I had gotten to realizing the magic of books was with Harry Potter
, which was over at this stage and, unfortunately for me, it was spoiled by my asshole of a sister. I didn't read about Fred's death or about Snape's redemption or how the Dark Lord was slain; instead I was told it. And I was pretty heartbroken by it. Sure I will always criticize for the first books to be a bit too cheerful for my taste, but I was (and still am) in love from Goblet of Fire
and onwards when the books grew darker.
However despite my reluctance I took the book just to be nice. I don't know what made me crack open the book -- maybe my curiosity got the better of me, maybe the cool cover was what did it, maybe I asked myself "Well what's the worse that can happen?", or maybe my instincts told me to do it.
Whatever the motivation I'm so glad I read that first sentence. I can't express to you in words how thankful I am that Emma gave me this very book. Because this book -- this series -- is the
one. Although you might find it unbelievable, this is the book that made me become the bookworm that I am. It's because of this book that I want to be a writer. This series, however surprising it may seem to you, was the series I could go to whenever I felt scared or sad.
I know people would think me silly that this series could mean something to anyone -- hell I'm not even sure Derek Landy understands himself. But it does to me. It means a lot
. Because I can slip into this world and find comfort in the colourful and complex characters it contains. I can marvel at the magic, feel breathless at the action, laugh at all the delicious sarcasm, and feel sorrowful when things seem at their darkest. This series is my home.
Although a few days ago I read the last page of the very last book with teary eyes, I will read this series again and again and again and I will always love what Derek Landy has created. And when people ask me when I'll finally be sick of this series, I will reply with; "Until the end."
Thank you Derek for writing such an unforgettable series that has shaped me into becoming who I am today. I will forever be grateful to you.