"Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Thro' the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four gray walls, and four gray towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott."
I'm actually not one for poetry. Give me a novel any day - a fantasy, a mystery, a classic - for adults, young adults, kids. I'm not picky. When I am left to my own devices, I tend to gravitate toward young adult fantasy and 19th/early 20th century literature, usually British - but I also enjoy reading outside of my comfort zone and trying out something I wouldn't normally pick up. (Except horror. I don't do horror.)
What I am a complete sucker for, though, are adaptive works, hence the poem quoted above. There is something about some stories that catches my attention and holds it, no matter how many times I read them. I love being lost in a world and I love seeing how different authors change stories over time - how they understand the story, its characters, its plot. I love seeing characters taken out of their usual setting and put somewhere else, sometime else and seeing how that affects them and their story. And this love is not limited to books and writing. Film adaptations, musical adaptations, YouTube adaptations and the even more recent move to transmedia adaptations being put together by creative people like the ones at Pemberley Digital - it's truly amazing how stories and characters are growing and being brought to life in so many different ways!