Sunday, August 19, 2012
Book Blogger Confessions #16
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Question: Have you ever loved a book that you know is not a great literary gem? Maybe it's filled with spelling errors, tired cliches, and is utterly cheestastic but you loved it anyway.
How do you handle that as a blogger who is used to critical thinking and analysis? Do you pretend you never read the book - never to be reviewed or added to your Goodreads shelf :-)?
Do you write a review but maybe apologize and make excuses as to why you enjoyed it or are you bold and proud of any book you enjoyed?
Conversely - have you read a classic, that is considered a literary gem but you just didn't get it? Are you embarrassed to admit that or do you review it anyway?
Answer: I do read quite a few “cheesetastic” novels where there is a guaranteed romance and happily ever after – no deep plot required. In fact I don’t even want one.
I call them my palette cleansers and almost never review them. I’m not embarrassed but I feel like they’re "mine* – free from all scrutiny because lets face it, they would fall apart once I started looking more closely. They make me go awwww with their overly sappy declarations or true love by page 2 or laugh hysterically (a more likely scenario) with bad pop culture references that don’t make any sense. Errors be damned! That just adds to the charm. My favorite author for this type of read is Diana Palmer. God, I love that woman. I love/hate her books. I've also read a few of the quickie Harlequin romances – small town girl falls in love with billionaire/fireman/Doctor. Love em! (sort of) Not reviewing them :-) Although I do take notes and mark them up with post-it notes just like I would a review book.
Tiny confession…just between us. I have read a few erotica’s and for some reason I didn’t post them on GR at first. I was embarrassed. It’s not really a genre I enjoy all that much but I do try to give everything a shot. I have read a few good ones that were more plot based and even a couple of m/m books recently and have written mini reviews here on the blog and added them to my GR shelves but I was embarrassed at first. I’m over it. (btw this was WAY before that 50 something book!)
As for the classics, I’m horribly embarrassed to say that I don’t *get* them and I don’t enjoy them. I did a read-a-long for Jane Eyre this year and I think being able to discuss my frustrations about some of the writing with others helped me get through and mostly enjoy the book.
The writing always feels too plodding for me and the social rules of the day, particularly with women, always leave me irritated rather than swept away. I do keep trying though, hoping I’ll find one that hits the right note for me.
I also feel like I have no business reviewing a classic novel. I know it’s just a book like any other and only one opinion but so many bloggers write these amazing reviews for the classics and I’m like – the book was slow – the guy was an ass – I don’t get it…I kind of feel like some review cop will stop by and take away my blogging license. I did review Jane Eyre and as you can tell I did a horrible job.
How about you? Do you have a guilty pleasure genre that you don’t tell anyone about in fear of judgment. Do you dislike the classics?
Let me know! I won’t tell anyone
Questions for September:
September 3rd: Following: How do you follow blogs? Do you use Google Reader? Are you on an e-mail list? Are you more apt to follow people who have less followers? Would you follow a blog to enter a contest? What makes you unfollow a blog?
September 17th: Blogger relations: Are there blogs you visit and comment on because you like their style, voice etc.(maybe you even converse with the blogger on Twitter & Facebook) but those comments are never reciprocated on your blog?. Do you get a bit offended or do you understand that they may be busy? Or do you comment just because you like a post not expecting anything in return?