A year ago today, at three-thirty in the morning, I set down my Kindle, sniffled a little, and then tried to think about what I'd just read (it was three-thirty, so I didn't have much brain capacity right then). All I could think was...wow. See, I'd just finished reading The Scarlet Pimpernel and El Dorado. I'd known about TSP for quite a while, but had put off reading it because a) I'd heard there was some swearing (funnily enough, the edition I got on Kindle 'bleeped' it out using the 'd-------' format) and b) everyone seemed to be crazy for Sir Percy, and I didn't like following fads like that (honestly, I was sick of everyone fangirling over him, for some odd reason). But one night I was searching around for new reading material (I have to read something every night, or else I can't get to sleep), so I decided to take the plunge and download the book from the Amazon store. El Dorado was also there, so I got that too (I'd heard from Ally that it was even better than the first book, so...).
As most of you probably know, the opening of TSP is a bit slow, but I was determined to stick it out, and by the time I got to the ball scene with all its tight nerves and intrigue I was entranced. I read the whole thing in a breathless hurry and when I finished it was around twelve-thirty in the dead of night (or is that in the morning?). I was obsessed already, and I didn't want to go from the world of Sir Percy and the French Revolution (and, anyway, Percy and Margurite had just reconciled and I wanted to see how their romance would go from there) so I said to myself "Ally says that El Dorado is really good, so I'll just read a couple of chapters and then go to sleep". That was a joke. I got completely caught up in the story (again!) and read it all in two hours flat. And maybe it was the tiredness, but I spent about half the book in tears. It was epic (*wink*).
I finally went to sleep, but when I woke up later that morning, I went online and searched until I had ebooks of every single TSP book (even the very rare ones). I read them all in less than a week, I believe. Then I completely understood what everyone's obsession was - because I shared it - and I've never looked back (same with every other obsession I've ever had). I've watched the old B&W version of the first book (I'm going to have to wait till I'm older to watch the 80's adaption - can't wait!). I'm listening to the musical right now, for the first time, actually, and I'm re-reading El Dorado for the occasion :) Now I'd better go off and read some more...