Sometimes, random thoughts find their way into my mind. I would blame it on the long commute this year, but really…if I’m honest…I would have to admit that random thoughts seem to be the byproduct of being a writer. Don’t get me wrong, they often lead to story breakthroughs. But, they also tend to make me look a little weird. I have accepted this. I lead you in this way because, I really couldn’t tell you why I was thinking of this particular topic.
But, I was pondering on the types of paranormal novels currently
out. Right now, most of them are vampire related. It got me to thinking. I love
a good witch story, and yet I’m not seeing them anymore. In fact, one of my
favorite movies still is Practical Magic, although I can never go wrong with
Sandra Bullock. So, I got to thinking about my favorite witch stories (most are
old because I don’t know many recent ones).
The Crucible. I know this isn’t a “witch” story
as much as a “witch hunt” story. But I read it in high school and remember the feeling
it gave me. I was so horrified that something might actually happen like that…and
then to learn it is rooted in history. This story is an example of how fiction
can be strengthened by a touch of reality.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Again not really a “witch”
book, but a super one anyway.
The Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe. I love,
love, love this book. I remember reading it in elementary and being swept away
by the idea of traveling to other worlds through a closet. Didn’t get into the
rest of the series, but this one is good.
I know Beautiful Creatures is the newest witch book….but it’s
not on my list….I’ll leave it at that.
My favorite witch movies:
Practical Magic: I love that this is not a “wicked
witch” movie. It captures the magic of the idea.
The 18th century meets modern day Halloween. What could go
The Craft: The good witch versus the bad witch.
Love this movie.
So there it is, just in time for Halloween. If you recommend
a good witch book for October, let me know!