Well, if it weren't for the Harry Potter Books, I wouldn't have had half as much fun going through the last ten-fifteen years of my life that I did. I realize some people don't like the books for the witchcraft, but I was taught at a very, very early age what the difference between reality and a book is. Besides, it gave us something to talk about that my mother and sister just weren't interested in. They don't particularly like Science Fiction the way we do. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a very similar bonding point in that time frame.
It inspired my writing before I'd made it out of elementary school. Moreso poetry than anything now, but still very much a part of my life, as often as possible. I can't imagine what life would be without my writing outlet, so I have the maddening desire to emulate those writers to thank for that.
I'm also becoming a teacher because I want to be sure that someone else understands from these books, the same things that I have, which many of you individuals have mentioned. There's no fun in books if you can't share them (though I am very protective on that loaning process), and they['re what brought me to my path. Can't very well complain there.