We’re no strangers to book series. There have been numerous series to capture our hearts: The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables. However, the books I’m talking about today are part of a different category of serialized books. These are the books that you spent many weekend hours trying to collect, searching for that one you were missing, hoping to finish a complete set.
These books don’t need to be read in a specified order. Sure they’re numbered, but only to hook us collectors and make us feel incomplete if the books on our shelf don’t follow the perfect sequence. No, each title is a new adventure with familiar characters and they create a certain kind of charm that we still can’t resist.
One is the Dark Knight, a vigilante hero that fights to bring sanity to his world and peace to his life. After watching the brutal murder of his parents, Bruce Wayne made the decision to dedicate his life to bringing the scum and insanity that had taken over his home of Gotham City to justice. Along with Robin, the Boy Wonder, he operates in darkness and calls himself The Batman.
The other is the King of the Beats, a writer who helped create a new way to write and a new way to live. He spent the bulk of his life traveling cross country, on the road with assorted fellow travelers who helped him to shape his prose and populated his novels, all becoming part of his legend; the legend of Jack Kerouac.
At first glance, these two icons of literature would seem to have absolutely nothing in common; one of them isn’t even a real person. But upon further inspection, you would be very surprised to discover that Batman and Jack Kerouac are much more similar than you would ever begin to imagine.
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If there is one thing I don’t miss about reading A Song of Ice and Fire (aka those Game of Thrones books), it’s the heart wrenching randomness with which George R.R. Martin assassinates his characters. I’ve been there. I’ve seen it. I have my flashbacks.
Sigh, oh Ned Stark... I’ll miss you the most, scarecrow Hand of the King. But this isn’t about you; this is about the character I can enjoy for more than half a book. For characters who will be around. These are some awesome fantasy characters that weren’t written by George R.R. Martin, but that people should know about any way.