I don't know about you, but if there is one thing that can make me sad, it's the end of a really good book.
A really good book can be like a relationship: It starts out interesting and exciting. You get into it. You can't wait to see it. You want to know everything about it. But, like a lot of relationships, it ends. Even though you don't want it to.
Then you're left sad, lonely and wanting more. There is a feeling of being lost... until you find your next good book.
There are certainly the other kind of book relationships as well; the kind that begin to suck the life right out of you, but that you stick with because you're too involved to not find out where it goes. Those books, you're glad to see the end of.
But a really good book. Well. The thing that makes them even better than good relationships is that you can go back to them again and again; even once they've ended.
Then there is another kind of relationship. One that goes on and on. It stays interesting because you get a chance to miss it. You look forward to each encounter with bittersweet longing. You know that your time is limited and when you're done for the day, you will ultimately remain unsatisfied. A long distance relationship?
This relationship is an ongoing series. You finish the one you're reading and then you wait for years for the next installment.
There's a new relationship that I've discovered... the webcomic. A little easier to deal with, because you get a fix a few times a week. Less satisfying - more frustrating - because you have to get by with one. page. at a time.
This post has nothing to do with the fact that I spent the past two days reading Girl Genius online and am now completely caught up to present. Really.