Sunday, June 20, 2010

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If you are reading this message and this message only, that is because I am tired and lazy and having a hard time learning to manage my, well, time. Come back later to be impressed with how much has changed.

I shall cover:
-addicting books and my relationship with them
-The Hunger Games and why I love it.
-my own personal revision drama (which really is only dramatic inside my mind)


***Now for the good stuff***
Part 1:
I believe I mentioned this in a comment but I shall say it again: On Friday, my friend said she didn't think The Hunger Games was a good book because books that are addicting are rarely ever good.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. And I've come to the conclusion that it's a pretty inaccurate statement (unless we're talking about Twilight). Books are addicting because the writer understands pacing and tension. That's not a bad thing--for me, at least. So I'm not saying all addicting books are great (coughTwilight) but I am saying that just because you want to sit down and read it without eating, sleeping or talking to anyone around you, that does not mean it's not a fantastically written book. But that didn't really respond to Vita.

Part 2:
Sometimes I feel that, as a writer, my appreciation of writing and books is extremely heightened. When I read anything from a sentence to a chapter that makes me wish I had written it myself (or wish I could have written it myself), I get a little obsessed. And, yes, I have a bit of an obsessive personality but is that a bad thing?

I suppose when I get into that state of "OMG, the pacing/tension/dialogue/characters/etc. in this book is/are so well done; I'm kind of in awe", I tend to overlook somethings. But I also realize that not everyone and everything is perfect.

I can't really describe exactly what I love about THG. Maybe that's a cop-out but I just think that the book is really good at what it is. I find the character's relationships fascinating and it's really weird and enjoyable to see everything through Katniss's jaded, cynical eyes. I think it's a beautiful book.

Also, I think Peeta is my favourite character ever. I truly adore him.

(About the ending, though, I do see what you're saying and it sucks that it kind of ruined it for you. I didn't see it the same way but I do get where you're coming from. You should read Catching Fire.)

Part 3:
It's possible I'm jealous of THG because my own novel is so confusing and twisted up at the moment that I'm happy to obsess over any story that is more intricate and planned than my own. My goal is to have my novel in it's final structure (plot, character arcs, ending) by the end of the summer and then in the fall I'll do actual line-editing and fix all my sentences. That's the plan anyway. Hopefully, it will help that I've told you and now I am accountable to someone.

1 comment:

Vita said...

Alex, if you don't revise your novel... I will go the the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. And I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then on some cold dark night, I will sneak into your house and punch you in the face.

Ahaha, sorry! Sue Sylvester quote! Yay Glee!

I agree that books shouldn't be judged based on how addicting they are. That's like saying you can judge something based on how popular it is and I DETEST that argument. Popularity is irrelevant. Grrrr. Anyways, yeah, there are addictive quality books and there are addictive less quality books. Same for TV/movies/music/etc. C'est la vie.

I still don't see The Hunger Games in that positive a light, but thanks for explaining. Or trying to explain; I know it's a difficult question... Anyway it doesn't matter what I think as book preference is a personal matter. Yay for not fighting over differences in opinion...? :)