First Steven built a fire and I made hot chocolate on the stove, and then we changed into our softest pajamas. We knew that we wanted to just cuddle up on the couch and watch something life-changing on the computer, but we are extremely picky about TV shows/movies and after a few minutes of deliberation we decided to peruse some Masterpiece Classics and randomly picked Great Expectations.
I had read the abridged young adult version as a teenager and was under the assumption that it was a bright, happy love story and that Miss Havisham was the sweetest thing. And poor Steven was all ready for a light-hearted classic, too, because I'd built it up so much as just being so dang uplifting.
NOT! Not that I don't love the story now, but during? I was like, "WHAT IS THIS?!"
So of course I had to read the book and oh-my-gosh-oh-my-gosh I am in love with Charles Dickens. What a writer! My word! I could barely put the book down and Gage actually hid it from me on multiple occasions because I wasn't giving him enough attention ;). I fell head-over-heels for the characters - Joe! Biddy! The Aged! Herbert Pocket, the best friend everyone wishes they had! And of course Pip. You can't help but love him.
Such a good book. And the Masterpiece version is really good, though I feel like it left out some really wonderful parts of the book.
So.... I guess it makes sense to say that today I am immensely grateful for good books. I feel like every book I've loved is a part of me in some way. I can't tell you how many times I've thought to myself, "What would ____ do?" Ender, Jane (Eyre), Hermione, Elizabeth, Watson, Fanny, Robinson, Edmund.... and on and on and on. Some of my closest friends exist only in books and I love that.
Do you have any best friend/book characters who you consider friends? I'd love to hear who stands out to you.