Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: The Weirdest Thing I Learned Reading Fiction

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Welcome again to the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge, a year-long challenge set by the good folk at Long and Short Reviews that anyone can participate in. Want to see who’s playing along or join in yourself? Check out the challenge here.

Oh gawd, I’m on deadline and running waaaay behind, so my response to this week’s topic is going to be short.

The Weirdest Thing I Learned Reading Fiction

Um… probably how to kill someone painfully and inventively? God knows, I read enough horror novels to be a near expert on the subject. This is not an expertise I ever plan to use in my life. In case you were wondering.

I Ate the Sheriff by James Scott BellI also know far too much about the eating habits of zombies thanks to James Scott Bell’s Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law thriller series. Still gives me the shudders when I think about it. These books are hoot though. Totally over the top bonkers, which is just how I like them.

On a nicer note, and not particularly weird but I’m going to mention it anyway because this book is gorgeous, I recently discovered a lot about hand-lettering and calligraphy thanks to reading Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn.

What weird things have you learned from reading fiction?

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30 thoughts on “Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: The Weirdest Thing I Learned Reading Fiction

  1. AvatarAnnie West

    Oh, don’t tell me about zombie eating habits, Cathryn.

    Years ago I knew how to say, or at least write, ‘I love you’ in lots of different languages, thanks to reading romances.

    And, yes, how to kill people in interesting ways!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Being able so say “I love you” in multiple languages is a fantastic skill, Annie! And very handy for a romance writer too, especially one like yourself who has so many gorgeous and glamorous settings. When Jim and I lived overseas we were ridiculously proud of our ability to order beer in multiple languages. Not quite as romantic as “I love you” but very handy!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Probably not, Lydia, although it’d be a nice thing and “Love Lettering” certainly made me appreciate the art. It would come in handy though…

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I suspect a lot of us have learned a few grizzly things from our reading. And maybe a few phobias too. I used to be fine with clowns until Stephen King’s “It”.

  2. AvatarMary Morgan

    I spit out my coffee on this statement: “I also know far too much about the eating habits of zombies…”

    Great post, Cathryn! 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It’s rather amazing what you can pick up, isn’t it? Some things are more useful than other though and i sincerely hope I’ll never have to use my zombie knowledge!!

  3. AvatarTena

    Thanks for the morning giggle. Loved “know far too much about the eating habits of zombies…” Loved the post, thanks for sharing .

  4. AvatarFiona McGier

    How to kill painfully and inventively? See? But no one accuses you of actually being a murderer. It really galls me that since I write romance with erotic overtones, people raise eyebrows, and elbow me in the ribs, “Oh? Got any interesting pointers?” Sheesh! It’s called FICTION, folks! I may be a happily-married woman with 4 adult kids, but when I write, I can be whatever age, sex, or nationality I want to be–maybe even an alien…or a vampire…or a werewolf. Only romance writers get judged so harshly.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yes, it’s a thing for us, isn’t it. Fiona? The old nudge-nudge-wink-wink that makes you want to roll your eyes of biff them upside the head. Fortunately I don’t get it too much. Maybe I look too scary… Or maybe they sense that I’ve learned how to kill painfully and inventively from reading fiction. 🙂

  5. AvatarTricia Schneider

    There’s a meme somewhere that says, “Writers don’t get mad. They just write you into their next novel. (As the victim!)” It makes me wonder if the author had somebody particular in mind when I read murder mysteries. 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I love that one. Because it’s very true that you can take a person who’s annoyed you and stick them in a book as a horrible character or one who gets a fun comeuppance. Not that I have done that. Not at all!!

  6. AvatarTanith Davenport

    I can remember a very elaborate method of killing someone in a Stephen King novel, but he included an afterword saying he changed the method so it wouldn’t work in real life. Funnily enough I hadn’t planned to try it…

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          Thanks so much! It looks like it was in Nightmares and Dreamscapes, which I’ve read but no longer have a copy of. One for the library list.

  7. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hahaha, that’s a funny blog post. Good to have a laugh in this current climate. I don’t read horror or zombie books just a tad too gruesome for me lol. I’m sure I have learned some weird things reading fiction but none come to mind, I’ve wracked my brain but nope, nothing, I blame this coronavirus it’s doing me head in, it’s so terrifying I wake up with knots in my stomach each morning so my brain is blank at the moment.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I can relate, Sue. I’m finding it very hard to write at the moment. There’s just too much distraction and worry. Thank god for the escape books though. And movies. I think I’ve watched more movies in the last couple of weeks than I have in the last couple of months.

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