Hi, I'm mneiai. I go to college in Florida and saw you didn't have any other members, so I figured I'd join the comm.
I've been a LKH fan since sixth grade (I'm a college junior, now) and my first convention ever was to see her in St. Louis at this itty bitty con that a bunch of people from the mailing list went to. I was pretty much enamoured with the series until Obsidian Butterfly (which was one of the main reasons I wanted to go to that con--she was doing a reading from it before it was released), where I started to feel a bit of disappointment in some of the characterizations (I liked
Edward as just a sociopath). After that I think it was one bad move after another on LKH's part, where the editing and proofreading of her novels, as well as the plots, took a blow. Speculation lends to the theory that it was/is her personal live interfering, which seems the most accurate reasoning.
I'm very upset with the last few books for their lack of a concrete, mystery/horror plot. One of the great things about Anita was she wasn't all about romance or even work, she had these great adventures as someone solving supernatural crimes. I miss that. I'm also usually a huge erotica fan, but I just can't get into LKH's scenes. Or the amount that's in the books, for that matter (I wish she'd tone it down, some...sometimes the sexiest sort of sex scene is the one where we don't have extremely descriptive information about them).
Recently, I've found myself identifying the most with Richard Zeeman and I've begun a characterization essay here on my lj
which goes into my feelings about him. It's odd, for me, because I didn't like him at all until Danse Macabre
, when I started to realize that how Anita saw him was very, very stained by her own opinions.
I still want to know what LKH is doing with the characters, though, so I'll keep reading, though I've decided not to buy any of the hardcovers after this point. Also, I can't forget that the earlier books were some of the all time favorite books, which I was capable of quoting entire chapters of, and therefore will always be nostalgic over the "vintage" Anita Blake.