Of course, this should NOT surprise me given the fact that I have avoided reading as much as I can this year. Nothing really holds my interest. Re-reads of past books, new romance books, favorite YA authors, nothing. I am quite content watching TV and just basking in the joy of not reading.
When I discovered Teen Wolf earlier this year, my non-reading habits DID change however. I was reading like never before. I was also reading something I had never really read before. Crazy to believe it now but I have never been a fan fiction reader. Even during my obsessive Harry Potter days, when I tried to get into The Shoebox Project, I just... never did. I may have read a few chapters but I did not feel compelled to keep up with it. Why would I want to read a made up story about characters I liked when the real author could do such a better job on his or her own?
Well, what a fucking asshat I was, me of ten years ago. Fan fiction has really opened my eyes to some great writers, some terrible writers, and just some plain old fun storytelling. Much like real, published book, fan fiction can be AWESOME or pretty lack luster. But most importantly of all to me right now is the fact that it has me reading. It's like candy at this point, I just can't seem to get enough of it and even though I have a few ARCs on my Kindle by some favorite authors I should, theoretically anyway, be reading, I'd much rather reach for some of my bookmarks and read all about the sexy times of Stiles and Derek.
So, my reading has become somewhat untraditional for a change which is astonishing to me. Why, I don't know, but I feel like my joy of reading has been somewhat revived lately. I can read short pieces which hold my attention. I get the romance angle I love in my stories. I feel NO NEED whatsoever to attempt to review fan fiction which is a huge burden off my shoulders. And frankly, sometimes I just love spending time with characters I have grown to love. I am also really, really impressed by the output of fan fiction writers. Holy goodness do they stay busy with writing.
Another bonus? Fan fiction does not get the hype machine put on it by publishers and marketers. I am not inundated with constant updates on all my social media networks that SO AND SO has a new book coming out. And I don't have to read reviews of that same book over and over on the various blogs I follow.
Basically, fan fiction is the best possible thing to happen to my reading habits lately. I know I will find time for books again in the future but for now, I am quite content in exploring this new facet to my reading habits.
And hey, if you need any Sterek recommendations, I've got you covered!