Monday, February 13, 2012
nearly done with a book I don't care for
As I continue to sludge through this chunkster, Pillars of the Earth... I thought about reason number 2 why I would not like a book. Good writing, Awful subject.
For me I think The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fit into this bracket. He sure had it right with the original Swedish title of Men Who Hate Women!! But it is not alone. Pillars certainly falls into the unnecessary perversion niche. And it TOTALLY annoys me. But at least Larsson could write! At least I enjoyed the English version, I assume it was as well done in it's native tongue. I am not really a fan a violence for entertainment.
Please be aware that it is the 'for entertainment' judgment that makes the difference. There are difficult books out there that are also important pieces, books like Speak and The Book Thief, or A Boy Called It (although I couldn't read that one either but not because I thought it was a 'bad' book) And I'm totally turned off by man's inhumanity to man. give me aliens, ghosts, ghouls, yes even the occasional vampire before lengthy titillation filled descriptions of sexual brutality - weather it has a resolution in the end or not!
I'm simply tired of it. And I think it's usually a hack way to sell books. Everyone wants the next most shocking. Not me. I believe what I surround myself with and dedicate my time to influences who I am and I simply do not want to get that jaded and desensitized to the world and how we behave in it. I want to look for more. Other books that fit in there are Stephanie Meyer books, not just Twilight but also The Host where the female protag stoically endured and justified being hit. (not cool Steph, not cool.) and even Gerald's Game by my favorite author-dude EVER hit this note sour.
That being said, there is such a thing as the overly sweet, dripping with oblivious dialog and un-engaged characters...but perhaps that will be for another post.
That and the prevalence of the mediocre.
But then... there's always the guilty pleasure. A book I shouldn't like based on these criteria....but I can't help it, I do! Maybe in a couple weeks I'll get to that post. (i'm looking forward to writing it big time!)