It’s about that time once more and what a year it is turning out to be for literature! I am starting to scrape the barrel for texts, and I think it is safe to say all the ones I was more keen to read were covered in the months gone by which adds more tedium and dislike to an already heavy burden. That is not to say the books I am reading are not as great, indeed I have read some awesome texts. They just have not been ones I was particularly keen on reading. For this month allow me to explain why each of them was less than appealing for me.
The three challenges I knocked off in September were:
A book that was turned into a movie The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A book with a love triangle Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
A book by an author with the same initials as me The Undivided by Jennifer Fallon
Before I go any further, if you are paying attention, YES I know I counted Water For Elephants in last month’s list as well, but I have been struggling and distracted and it just took me longer to get into it. I’m sorry.
The Book Thief and Water for Elephants were both unappealing to start to me for the same reason: I don’t like reading books that have recently been adapted to film and been involved in a large amount of hype. The beauty of literature for me is that it is not visual. There is a wondrous element of escapism in a text that leaves more description in the mind of the reader than in the pages of words. Very simply I do not feel any book-to-film adaptation will be enticing for the fact that in our mind we never really will have a fully established narrative imagined from what we read. I feel the fluidity of our inner-mind-palace allows us to change what Mr Darcy looks like each day, depending on our moods, hormones and level of engagement. The characters can be as vivid or vague as we want or need. Some days they may be a bit taller and the next their voices may not be as deep. It is wonderful, truly.
Both these books were made into very successful films only a short while ago. They are great texts and apparently as good on the screen. But they are not what I ever expected I would see each night when I picked up my books and so I have avoided both. So, I was saving them for a rainy day ten years after my passing. That way I never needed to have an opinion.
Having said that, as literature they were satisfying. Well written and great stories.
The Undivided was not enticing as it is a fantasy fiction from a trilogy series for teenagers. I’ve out grown much of this genre, young adult of course as no sane person can grow out of fantasy. For me it was too predictable and without enough intricacy to feel emotionally invested in. But once more, it was a well written book so I’m not going to negative review it. I will definitely say it beats the socks off Twilight though. I know that isn’t hard, but it needs to be said regardless.
The texts I have lined up for October are a bit more exciting and I have high hopes as I come into my final quarter of the challenge.