In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.
I abandoned the challenge, but this prompt grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. I feel kind of weird posting this because it's so personal, but I have things to say and nowhere else to say them.
(Aren't those the coolest, tackiest eighties covers? Isn't it a tragedy that the latest anthology came out in paperback with this monstrosity?)
I grew up on magic. I was a child of the Disney renaissance, raised on classic kid's fantasy novels and Arthurian mythology and Irish folk music. I lived in a vibrant immigrant community with deep colonial roots, shaped equally by Irish folktales and Puritan ghost stories. I knew Harry Potter before he was famous. There was basically zero chance that I wouldn't grow up to be a fantasy fan.