I wrote a post a while back using my name as an acrostic for some of my favorite bands. As much as I love music, I’m actually a writer, so here is my name with each letter representing one of my favorite books.
G – Ginger Rogers and the Riddle of the Scarlet Cloak by Lela Rogers. An amazingly cheesy WWII detective adventure. Fun read, though!
R – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. One of my favorite books, and a great study for writers wanting to experiment with the nuances of foreshadowing, point of view, and other storytelling twists.
A – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I’m actually more of an Oz fan than a Wonderland fan, but none of the Oz books fit this letter. I did grow up on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and had read the books several times before I saw any of the various movie interpretations.
C – Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. My all-time favorite book series – in fantasy or any other genre! I may have read Alice a few times, but I’ve read Narnia a few dozen times. The stories never get old!
E – Excalibur by Chris Claremont and others. Here I’m referencing the Marvel comic book series from the 1980s and 90s, that was a spin-off of the various X-Men titles. For you comic nerds, it featured a cast of Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Captain Britain, the fairy-ish creature Meghan, and Phoenix (Rachel Summers, not Jean Grey or some other incarnation). More importantly, the series was written primarily by the legendary Chris Claremont. To me, Excalibur is the perfect combination of dramatic super hero stories, epic fantasy, and hilarity.
Do you have favorite books that match the letters of your name? Please share!