Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What I'm not reading

Dave sent me this article advocating reading books you expect to hate. I like the idea in theory, but there are plenty of books that I feel confident in my pre-judgments of and won't repent for refusing to read:
  • memoirs (unless they are of really spectacular achievements - and never 20-somethings recounting their childhoods)
  • "true" paranormal revelations
  • serialized Star Trek novels
  • the Left Behind books
  • "Christian" series romance
  • Danielle Steel
  • inspirational stories
  • series that are hurriedly gotten-up imitations of successful ones
  • novelizations of movies that are based on books
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies


But, to be open-minded, there are books I tend to avoid that maybe I need to go out on a limb on ...
  • books without quotation marks around speech (I'm looking at you, Cormac McCarthy)
  • novels about some famous dude's wife or some girl in a painting
  • Jack Kerouac
  • epic multi-generational tales
  • biography
  • the secret importance of {some ordinary object} in civilization

3 comments:

Dave Daniels said...

I also don't read novels without quotation marks, except for Cormac McCarthy, and I don't read books in the present tense (except American Psycho, which I read last weekend) or in second person. I try to avoid novels about professors struggling with writer's block who have affairs with their students or middle-aged women who are trying to discover themselves by sleeping around. And of course, the Da Vinci Code.

turducken said...

I'm OK with present tense and second person, but I definitely avoid writers's block/affairy professorial novels if I can. And the Da Vinci code.

lutheranchick said...

I've sometimes thought about making people read "Left Behind" just so they could see the spectacular wrongness, but in the end I couldn't manage that level of cruelty.