The Wednesday Wondering – The One That Got Away!

Welcome to our 2nd posting of The Wednesday Wondering. Can we just start by saying thank you so much to everyone who joined in and commented on or responded to our 1st posting last week.

This week’s question was also posed by Write Romantic Julie:

What is the one published book that you wish you’d written and why (doesn’t matter if it’s a change of genre for you)? 

Ooh, tricky! What will the Write Romantics go for? Will it be their favourite childhood book? Will it be the one that banked millions? Will it be something that inspired them to become a writer? Or simply a story so delicious that they wished they’d thought of it. Let’s find out. I promised Alex I wouldn’t always post them in alphabetical order so she has the constant pressure of being 1st so here are our responses in a completely random order…


When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman (Headline Review, 2011): It’s the story of childhood and growing up in the 60’s and 70s, following the narrator, Elly, through to her adult years.  It has the feel of a memoir about it and the relationships she draws between her unconventional family and her friends ring so true that I found myself constantly saying ‘Yes!’ as I read it.  It’s funny and sad and quirky and I so wish I had created this cast of oh-so-real characters.  As a debut novel it’s inspirational as well as an engrossing read.

Going to be fairly obvious and say Harry Potter. Not just because it would allow me to bathe in Champagne, sleep on a bed made from the down of long extinct dodo birds and turn up to the RNA conference in a chaffeur driven Bentley convertible, with George Clooney at the wheel, but also because my kids might actually rate me as cool!
I’d love to be able to write a big fantasy book. The kind set in another world full of heroes, villains, magic and monsters.  However, as I struggle to write about anywhere that I haven’t actually been to, I don’t think my brain is capable of creating an entire fantasy  universe. It feels hugely presumptuous to say this seeing as George R. R. Martin is such a brilliant writer but I would have loved to have written ‘A Game of Thrones’.
Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol. It is one of my favourite novels. I love the way it takes you into the life of Ebezeezer Scrooge, we get to see all of his life, what it has been, and how only he has the power to change his own future. It is all about second chances. We also see the lives of those he deals with on a daily basis, and how he affects their lives, by the decisions that he makes. An amazing story, that I would have loved to pen.
All of them!
I’m going to really cheat here because I have three but for very different reasons and one of them is a huge cheat because it’s actually a series. 1. The Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton but, if I had to pick one, it would be Second Form at Malory Towers. I was bought the 1st one as a birthday present from a neighbour and begged my mum to buy me the rest as I was gripped. I loved the ‘nasty girl’ and how the relationships developed between the protagonist and her boarding school friends. 2. Flowers In The Attic by Virginia Andrews which is my favourite book. It made me cry and I could not stop reading it. It’s the first page-turner I ever read and the only book I’ve read more than once (think I’ve read it about 6 times). 3. Bridget Jones’ Diary. It put ‘chick lit’ on the map and opened it up to a whole new reading set. I remember laughing out loud so often and relating (like most women) to so many aspects of it. Well done, Helen Fielding; amazing work!
So, you’ve heard what some of The Write Romantics have to say. What would your answer be. We can’t wait to hear from you!

11 thoughts on “The Wednesday Wondering – The One That Got Away!

  1. I think for me it would have to be It by Stephen King that book was the beginning of my love affair of being scared half to death, closely followed by Twilight and then of course my wonderful Famous Five books.

    Such a wonderful range of books already picked by everyone, you guys have excellent taste.

    Helen xx

    • I haven’t actually read It. Is that the one with the scary clown? I’ve read quite a few other Stephen King though. Must read Twilight too. Ooh, my TBR pile is going to need to move into a house of it’s own soon!
      Julie xx

  2. Oh so tricky! Enid Blyton got me into reading, JK Rowling got a new generation reading and Bridget was the original chick lit heroine (unless you count Lizzie Bennet!) I think I would like to have written To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s such an intelligent, emotive piece of writing…I could never have managed it! I just think it’s a novel to be proud of. On a lighter note I would happily claim ownership of the Adrian Mole novels by Sue Townsend. Think I’ve covered all my bases there! 🙂

    • Hi Sharon

      I love, love, love Adrian Mole too. Even the latest ones, where he is a forty something like me. I can always relate to him as we have grown up together, he was a wannabe writer and Sue Townsend is brilliantly funny. It must be hard to write a masterpiece of a character like that and then go on to other stuff, none of which in my opinion quite has that same magic. I think the same about JK Rowling’s latest work too. Maybe it’s just because it’s not Adrian and Harry that they are writing about and I resent that! I can always rely on Adrian to cheer me up and should re-read some of his struggles to get published now. Perhaps I can write a break-through book about offal too! Thanks for sharing and reminding me of one of my favourite series of books 🙂


    • Ooh, good answer Sharon. I loved Adrian Mole back in my school days. I guess he was our generation’s youth equivalent of Bridget Jones! I actually never read the later ones as I was always worried they just wouldn’t live up to the same mark. Plus, I believe he becomes a politician and I’m not really up on my current affairs, preferring to live in a world of fantasy and fiction, so I thought it may be over my head!

    • Ha ha – we got an answer from you this time! Wuthering Heights is my best friend’s all time favourite book. I love the story (from TV viewing) but I do admit I really struggled. I think it’s the old local dialect by the manservant that caused me some struggles but that was years ago. Perhaps I should be brave and try again.

      • I love pride and prejudice. It has all the ingredients, that I love in a novel. So much goes on in the lives of the family. And I love Mrs Bennett, and her poor nerves! I have lost count how many times, I have read the book. And of course I have it on DVD. The Colin Firth version! Now that is a cracker.
        Lorraine x

      • 😉

        I couldn’t help myself Julie, it’s my all time favourite book! The passion, the moodiness, Heathcliff (especially if you watch the film version where Timothy Dalton plays him) PHWOAH! Exactly he I imagined Heathcliff to look.

        Oh to be able to write a book like that, that’s stood the test of time.

        I really should re-read it myself 🙂


  3. Sorry, I’m pretty late for Wednesday wonderings…it’s almost time for the next!
    I would have to agree with Julie…Enid Blyton just leaves me flabbergasted. She has written so many books and I would love to have written any of them that so powerfully draw us into weird and wonderful worlds.
    Aside from Enid Blyton, I would have to say Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…my mouth is watering even now, thinking of all the weird and wonderful chocolate machines I could invent in my head and fascinate people with on paper 🙂
    Helen R x

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