hey, sorry for the very late reply, I haven't been on dA for some time sadly, so about time I should catch up! I'm 28, and started reading them sometime around 1997, I think, when I was 12! Picked up the first 5 books at a school book fair, and was hooked! Can't believe it's been 12 years since the final book came out. Today's generation don't know what they are missing!