Erica Yu
Literacy Narrative Assignment
FIQWS: Jane Austen, Adaptation, and the Pop Culture Imagination
Sep 12, 2016
Who I Am
What I remembered the most in my childhood was me in a study room staring at the book in front of me for few hours forced by my parents and always felt like it was a punishment from them. Most of the time I rather read music notes than reading words that are printed on a piece of paper and understanding by it given definition. Reading was never an interest for me before my first try on reading a book called The Giver that recommended my friends, and later on a book called Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes that makes me understood what it feels like to be addicted to books. My attempt to read The Giver was encouraged from my friends and was persuaded from its adventurous characteristic from the main character Jonas and the unique setting in a utopia society. As being a human living in the 2000's world with impressive technologies, it was hard to believe there was a colorless world with citizens living without feelings, which is what interested me at the first point. Ouch! That hurts! A few times I felt the pain just as if I was Jonas being trained as an upcoming leader for the society. It is often that as the moment I was imaging living in the world with colorless; which by addicted into the story that was printed with white papers printed with black ink words was not so hard to involved into a world with colorless after all. Then the next second a picture with colors appears with the feeling of disappointed and pain from being pulled back to the reality from the story throw across my mind when my mother calls "Erica! Come to eat lunch!" in mandarin, and it was just like when the Giver passed down the experiences of pain from the "outside" world to Jonas; it had reflected to the unwilling and pain of being interrupt during my addiction of reading the book. It was the first time I found interest in finding the connection between me and the character; thus later on leads me to be more interest in reading books.The Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes was a nonfiction book that was read by me during my first summer three years ago after I came to United State. I remembered I found this book at my aunt's house one day and was attracted by the cover that was with a drawing of a Japanese girl holding on an umbrella; which looked beautiful. However, I thought it must be some kind of book about romance so I opened up with full of excitement wondering how will my first experience in reading a romance story be like. The first paragraph of the story gave a very short description of the main character then it gave a sad fact of the atomic bomb in Japan that happened in the past before the main character Sadako was born. "Okay, it looks interesting how a story goes with an opening like this. But probably it is about the romance between teenagers that have connections with the past bombed event in Japan!" That was what I thought at the moment. Even though later on from the following of few chapters I realized it was a true story based on a Japanese dedicated young runner, but the opening chapter of the book was too attractive and vivid that I could not stop my curiosity to know what event will be coming up next. So I decided to finish the book. The Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes was the first book that I started reading with joyful and encouragement, and ended up sobbing. Probably it was because Sadako's story had somehow reminded me of myself. Sadako was an energetic girl who was very proud of her running skill and had been chosen as a runner from her class on a race during the field day, but was discovered with atom bomb disease right before the race. What surprised me later was that even though she knew she might not able to recover her illness, but