Best Books 2002
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Mon Jan 6 16:29:23 EST 2003
On Mon, Jan 06, 2003 at 10:22:03AM -0700, Melissa Proffitt wrote:
> On Mon, 06 Jan 2003 07:39:32 -0700, Robyn Starkey wrote:
> Besides, why wouldn't I read an assigned book? I always read the assigned
> book. I know way too many people who seem to think it's some kind of virtue
> *never* to read anything someone *tells* them to read. Like it's a sign of
> their strongmindedness--never mind that they then go on to say "and that's
> how I managed not to read _Ender's Game_ for ten years and it's totally my
> favorite book!" DUUUUUUHHHHH. I hated _Wuthering Heights_, but I hated it
> honestly--by having read it, gagged, and thrown it violently at the wall a
> couple of times.
I think it may depend on why they're being told to read the book. I
know with movies, I'm very suspicious of hype. The more aggressively a
movie is promoted, the less likely I am to see it, since it must be
obviously bad if they have to spend so much effort enticing people to
see it. Or at the least, not that good. And I also don't like being
told what to do. I revolt against peer pressure.
So if someone said "Why *everybody's* read Ender's Game! How could you
not have read Ender's Game?" my likely reply is
I still haven't read or seen "Wuthering Heights" or "Gone With The
Wind". Nor have I read any Dickens or Tolstoy.
I love Jane Austen though. Though I haven't actually read *all* of her
novels. "Pride and Predjudice" is my favourite.
"Death is such a waste."
-- Ensor (Blake's 7: Orac [A13])
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