I'm not heart broken over it, but I am astounded how people have reacted. The man died and all you hear is about how he is a hack, blah blah.
Anyway, it wasn't the news I wanted to get this morning, I can tell you that. I started reading his books so long ago... I remember starting the series before I've met some of my "long time" friends! I remember sharing the books with friends, talking about it with them... I remember getting friends into the series... I remember high school and finding out that "the other non-nerdy group" was reading them. I remember going home on the bus and seeing multiple people reading different books in the series.
He contributed to my life and for that I will remember him forever, even if he doesn't survive history.