This week's Geek discussion is all about a phenomenon called P.A.B.D. which stands for Post Amazing Book Depression and means: the over-whelming sad feeling one gets after finishing a great book.
Yes, I feel this feeling a lot! Well, I used to more than I do now actually. Now, sometimes I feel like I don't have time to feel sad about a book being over because there's so many waiting their turn. And I know that just around the corner is another great book, so there's really no reason to be sad.
However, if a book has consumed me and made me feel such a part of it's life and world, it's often quite traumatic to be done with it. I do resort to many of the tactics listed in the Weekly Geek post in order to deal with it.
Yes, I've been known to seek out other books with a similar theme. (Does my current Robin Hood obsession ring a bell? This may be due mostly to the sadness of finishing the BBC series that we watched and needing to fill the void with books!)
Yes, I make other people read the book. (I did this with the ever popular Twilight, Book Thief, Hunger Games, etc.)
Yes, I read other things by the author. (John Green, Markus Zusak!) and follow them around the internet.
No, I don't go seek out fan fiction though. That stuff sort of makes me crazy. And no I don't re-read over and over and over. For the most part anyway.
Some of the books that have caused this P.A.B.D. for me (that aren't the obvious choices mentioned above):
-- The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
-- The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
-- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
-- Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
-- pretty much any good sappy Victorian novel... and that's why the movies are so fun too, they keep those books alive and strong.
-- pretty much any big epic fantasy
-- pretty much any book where I feel a huge character connection. It's hard to let them go!
How about you? What books have caused you P.A.B.D.?