And that has made all the difference

Fork in woodI have always, always been a fan of the poems of Robert Frost. I know I’m not alone. One of my favorite poems ever is Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening but his The Road Not Taken, with the last verse:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

resonates strongly with me, as well.

I was at the movies last night, to see The Lone Ranger with some friends, and we had to sit through about 5 or 6 trailers first. Quite a few of them, I honestly could just about tell the whole story from the premise and the trailer. There seemed to be absolutely nothing new or exciting in them.

Then one came on, and I was entranced. I can’t wait to see it, and hope it lives up to its promise. It looks different and fresh, and had enough mystery in it that I couldn’t tell where it was going to go. The road less travelled for sure!

I’ve found that recently with books, as well. I want to be blown away, surprised and enchanted. I don’t expect perfection, the road the author invites me to travel down can be a little rocky, that’s okay. I’ll forgive a lot for a brand new view.

What about you? Do you like the familiar (and don’t get me wrong, sometimes I re-read favorites for that warm comfort of the familiar) or do you yearn for the road less travelled, the new, and breathtaking that can make all the difference?

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About Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction for Gallery Books. Her debut novel, IN A TREACHEROUS COURT, released in August, 2011, is set in the court of Henry VIII. It features the real historical figures of illuminator and painter, Susanna Horenbout, and Henry's Keeper of the Palace of Westminster and Yeoman of the King's Robes, John Parker. A second book, also featuring Susanna and Parker, THE KEEPER OF THE KING'S SECRETS, was published on April 3rd, 2012. THE EMPEROR'S CONSPIRACY, a historical novel set in London during the Napoleonic Wars, is set for a November 27th, 2012 release.
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6 Responses to And that has made all the difference

  1. Amy says:

    Hi Michelle – I think one of the things I have enjoyed most about up and coming or new authors is that they all seem to have a new story idea. They haven’t written enough for them to be the same as all their others, so I like that. Those would be the road less traveled to me. However, I do enjoy reading new books by authors I love. They have the familiar “voice” and sometimes characters if it is a new book in a series. I like that, too!
    Amy`s last blog was …Review: AVENGING ANGEL by Cynthia Eden

  2. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I love Robert Frost! Studied his work a lot in school and never forgot!

    And I agree, everything is starting to sound the same over and over again these days. I’m always on the hunt for good movies, but they seem to be so much the same. :(
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Contests & Giveaways!

  3. Edie Ramer says:

    I often stop reading books that sound too similar to ones I read before – though I think sometimes there is a comfort level in them.

    We saw the movie Kinky Boots last night. It was so fun and so different. I knew Kinky Boots was a Broadway play. My sister and bil saw it, and my cousin told them it was a movie she’d seen about 2 or 3 years ago, and she loved it I was able to rent the movie through an inter-library loan, and we all watched it last night. It was great!

    I’d love to see movies that are different. I think the movie industry is failing us. TV shows are often better. It’s too bad.

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