Just finished the 4th Harry Potter book (short review to follow) and I've realized a few things. These books act rather like Dementors to me; they drain my soul of all creative thought. Now, I am entertained by them, but I find that my mind isn't working in the background on my own stories while I'm reading--that's abnormal for me.Image via Wikipedia
They've put me in a dead zone--nothing much creative coming out of me at all right now--and if I could answer the question once asked about my own writing, "Do you want to write something of mass appeal or literary merit?" I'd have to say that literary merit is, by far, my preferred choice.