have you ever done something under the influence?

From a book you’ve read.

What else did you think I meant??  πŸ˜›

Last week LesleyW hinted at something which she had been inspired to do… and then quickly went on talk about a perfume she just had to try after reading Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series.

Who was she kidding.  

*tsk, tsk*

Then, like an awesome detective, I followed the trail from Lesley’s back to D. L.’s post at DIK where she admitted to learning ASL “because I’m in love with a mute ass-kicking fictional vampire from a romance novel”.

Sure John Matthew rocks and all, but sometimes you just gotta admit when something ain’t likely to ever happen.

Romance readers are so weird.

Present company excepted of course.


Anyhoo, both posts made me think about whether a book had ever influenced me in this way.

*mental blank*

That’s when I began to wonder if anything else has, and it hit me…

You see, I’m a huge, huge fan of the ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  

HUGE even.

I’ve been moved in some many ways by this series; however, it was one episode in particular which made me take action and, on 30 December 2010, I registered to become a bone marrow donor.

Although I’ve  been on the books as an organ donor since I first got my driver’s license in my late teens, becoming a bone marrow donor as well never even occurred to me until watching that episode.

Sure the odds are pretty slim that I will ever get called up, but if I can help in anyway to save someone’s life??  So worth it.

What about you?  Have you ever done something weird or wonderful because of a book, etc?  Do tell.

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35 Responses to have you ever done something under the influence?

  1. KB/KT Grant says:

    Such as if a specific electronic device was used in an erotic novel and a reader decided to buy the same electronic device that was used in the novel?


  2. Chris says:

    I'm positive I have, but I can't think of any examples right now.

  3. Kris says:

    KBC: And the true about the so-called innocent little redheaded Catholic school girl comes out.

    Chris: Can't think of any or you don't want to admit to any? πŸ˜‰

  4. Chris says:

    You know what my memory's like…

  5. orannia says:

    Umm. I think so. I think I've wanted to do a lot of things, but ended up not because I'm…well…useless.

    I do think some book somewhere inspired me to donate blood (I'm VERY bad with needles)…which reminds me I need to organize another appointment. I haven't thought about bone marrow…

    And I'd love to learn sign language. I learnt a little at camp once as one of the girl's in my cabin was hard of hearing.

    Books really do influence us, don't they?

  6. Tam says:

    Mine is mostly travel stuff. I've read a book that had an interesting setting and I just had to go there, even if everything in the book is fictional.

    I don't think I've ever bought anything because of a book or “done” anything, but give me time. πŸ˜‰

  7. Lori says:

    Ummm…. only that I've gotten some… ahem… good ideas from books, if you get my drift. (Hubby was very happy when I started reading Ellora's Cave back in the day, and we'll leave it at that)

    One other note: I've been a registered marrow donor for many years – yay you for registering!!

  8. Kaetrin says:

    I was reading a book where the heroine made chicken and dumplings for the hero and I was inspired to find out a) what the heck dumplings were and b) find a recipe I could use and make it for dinner.

    Does that count?

    There are probably other things but I either don't remember or I'm taking the 5th (even though Australia doesn't have a 5th, I'm taking Obama's. So there.)

  9. D.L. says:

    In my defense, I had come to terms with my unrequited love for JM before I took the course :p

  10. I did get called up by the bone marrow registry. Unfortunately, it was about the time I was having a lot of trouble with a squamous cervix.

    Books (and movies) have influenced me to do everything from take up archery and sword fighting, to learn about DNA, study paganism and develop an affinity for mushrooms to try new sex techniques and recipes.

    I guess I'm just weak-minded. Or adventurous. I think i prefer adventurous

  11. Kris says:

    Chris: I'm sure even you would remember something like an orgy if you'd been inspired to do something like that, Chris. πŸ˜›

    Orannia: “Books really do influence us, don't they?”

    They do. πŸ™‚ And you're not useless. Don't say that about yourself! What you are is a bit hesitant is all. A lot of us were like that including me with the bone marrow. I had to get the Mumma to come with me because I was scared.

    Tam: I think I'm a bit worried now. After all, I remember your dedication to the task of searching for little pocket packets of lube. LOL.

    Lori: You're all naughty with your ideas from sex books. ;P

  12. Kris says:

    Katerin: Dumplings?? Did you not grow up with Yorkshire puddings in your like? πŸ™‚

    PS – My theory about the 5th is that I've been there so technically I am able to take it now. I'm sure that's a rule.

    DL: *snort* I'm glad to hear it. I was a bit worried about you learning it just so you could hook up with your fictional love. ;P

    Angelia: I think you're definitely adventurous and very cool on top of it, Angelia.

    And now I have the sudden urge to learn how to sword fight.



  13. Kaetrin says:

    Hey – good rule! I've been there too so I can use it for sure.

    And no, there was no yorkshire pudding in my growing years. Feel sorry for me?

    Anywho, hubby said he loves my dumplings…. do you think he may have been saying one of those dubble ontondress?

  14. Tam says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot about that. I didn't buy them though. I did however manage to snag two freebies at the Pride Parade. πŸ˜€

  15. Maija says:

    Like Lori, I think my husband likes that I discovered Ellora's Cave books πŸ˜‰ It was just last weekend after some ahem… “moves” I heard a familiar… “hooooney, have you been reading something again…” πŸ˜‰

  16. I've dyed my hair crazy colors after reading about a hero/ine that was particularly awesome.


  17. K. Z. Snow says:

    I've been prompted to look things up on the Internet (inquiring mind and all that). Often, things that prove…interesting. Sometimes, very interesting. So interesting, I might spend a good deal of time pondering them.

    I like those kinds of things. A lot.

  18. Kris says:

    Kaetrin: Thought you might like that rule too. And, yep, your hubby is definitely trying to get into your undies. Or hinting at wanting to be fed. It's kinda hard to tell the difference with boys sometimes.

    Tam: That's right. Now I remember. A nice bearded lady gave them to you. ;P

    Maija: If I was a PR person at Ellora's Cave I would so be thinking about starting a testimonials page right now. LOL.

  19. Kris says:

    Miranda: Well, well, well. And was ALL your hair coloured?? *waggles eyebrows*

    KZ: I'm beginning to think that all you girls ever thinks about it sex.

  20. All the hair I HAVE…

  21. Kris says:

    Miranda: All that you have, eh?? Well, well, well again.

  22. K. Z. Snow says:

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  23. K. Z. Snow says:

    Who was talking about sex? I was referring to existential philosophy, microbial genetics, fruitcake recipes, and the history of furniture polish — among other really fascinating things.

    Sheesh. You think you know so much.

  24. Juni says:

    Arbor Mist! Cole's fav in Strawberries for Dessert & now I really have to try this on my next visit to the US.

  25. So I wanted to look like a gay rock star for a while, sue me. *wink* Hell's so cute! And a wicked pain in the ass too.

  26. Kris says:

    KZ: Sure you were. I'm completely convinced. *rolls eyes*

    Juni: Like me and red velvet cake. Go for it, I say. πŸ˜€

    Miranda: And I thought he was a top. πŸ˜‰

  27. Tracy says:

    Like KZ I've been inspired to look events up on the internet after reading something about them in a book.

    After reading Cooking with Ergot by Luisa Prieto I went on a cooking spree. Not that it was any good but it was fun.

  28. Kris says:

    Tracy: Well, as long as you didn't kill anyone… πŸ˜‰

    Reading your comment also reminded me about all the emails I got asking who Mr Squiggle as a result of reading Sean's Tigers and Devils. It was funneh.

  29. orannia says:

    Thank you sweetie πŸ™‚

  30. JenB says:

    I've done many things I learned in books. I've loved most of them.

    That's all you need to know.

  31. Kris says:


  32. Emilie says:

    Here's my belated answer. I have bought perfumes, essential oils and incense because of reading about them. Also lots of rose bushes, other flowers and herbs after reading gardening books.

  33. Kris says:

    Em, your comment reminded me of all the things I've tried or bought as a result of my obsession with home decorating magazines. Some good, some bad, but all of it resulting in my own style. πŸ™‚

  34. LesleyW says:

    Lol – it was just the perfume…honest. And I'm also a bone marrow donor. πŸ™‚

  35. Kris says:

    Lesley: Sure it was. πŸ˜›

    It's very cool that there are a few of us who are bone marrow donors. I think that rocks. πŸ™‚

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