Check it out. Two Weekly Geeks in a row, but I’ll be honest, this one is more of a WTF post than anything. This weeks topic seems a little strange to me.
So, Weekly Geeksters, tell us, do you have a collection, (or are you starting a collection,) of one particular book title? If so, what’s your story? Why that book, and how many do you have, and what editions are they? Share pictures and give us all the details.
Or perhaps you dream about starting such a collection. What title would it be and what would it take for you to get motivated to start collecting?
Or maybe it’s the works of a particular author you collect (or want to collect) instead a certain book title?
Am I the only one who thinks its strange to be collecting multiple books of the same novel? Again with the honestly, I don’t get the reason behind wanting to own multiple copies of the same book. Now, I will say that I have owned two copies of the same novel before, but never more than that. I used to have two sets of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series simply because I’m not really a fan of reading hardcovers, but I prefer that style when I want to keep something. Mass market paperbacks are easier to read, but they don’t hold up as well. So I’ll admit, I have owned two copies of a series of books before, but we’re not talking about just a couple of books. The reason this topic came up was because…let me just copy it:
Last year, I saw a movie, I think it was called Definitely, Maybe, that got me to thinking. In this movie, one of the girls was on a quest to find a particular copy of Jane Eyre, I forget now the specific reason why. But in the process of her search, she ended up with this massive collection of Jane Eyre books, from all sorts of places and years and styles. She had a shelf that went all the way around her room, filled with these wonderful Jane Eyre books.
I guess the thing I can’t wrap my head around is, if you’re going to have a personal library that massive, why have it all of one book? I would have loved to have that many books, if they were all different. Personally, you can only read the same story over and over so many times before it loses its appeal. If the chick in the movie was looking for a certain book, wouldn’t she have noticed it wasn’t the right copy when she bought it? Now granted, I haven’t seen the movie, so I don’t know if internet sales were an issue or what, but if it had been me, as soon as I realized I had the wrong copy, I would have been selling it and looking again.
To have a massive collection of novels, that would be awesome as long as they weren’t all the same book. That is my dream – to have a library like the one Belle finds at the Beast’s castle. I would be in heaven. However, this idea didn’t spring up out of the blue. So what am I missing? What’s the lure of having various copies of the same novel? Does anyone else have a collection of one title?
I guess the third question does pertain to me a little (someone got me seriously annoyed and the first part of the question took the brunt of it). I used to have multiple copies of the Gabaldon series, but I don’t anymore. My collection of books is growing and I don’t have room to keep more than one copy of any book.
I guess I really need to think about that third question some more considering my library is growing because I do keep the novels by authors I enjoy. While I wouldn’t say I collect everything ever written by each one, I do go out and get all of the books in the same series of novels. For instance, I have all of the Anita Blake books by Laurell K Hamilton as well as her Meredith Gentry novels. I’m also collecting all of the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur, but since I haven’t tried her other series yet, I haven’t bought those books. I keep books that I love and want to go back to again (or are signed). It’s just as simple as that.