Crap books and good books (was Re: Best Books of 2004)

Robyn Starkey rohina at
Wed Jan 19 11:56:18 EST 2005

>I still haven't finished working through this thought, so I don't know where
>I'm going with all of this.  It just seems to me that reading preferences
>ought always to be inviolable, up until the point that you start insisting
>that what you like is by definition Good (i.e. of intrinsic quality and that
>others should like it too).  I know darn well that the Stardoc novels are
>terrible emotional manipulation and not at all quality literature.  I think
>they're fun.  I know that I should appreciate Robertson Davies more, and I
>think he's a fantastic writer, but I just don't enjoy his books.   And I
>admit that I am mystified that more people aren't bothered by _The Da Vinci
>Code_ in the way I am, mainly because it's frustrating to see that kind of
>gap between myself and others.  But it's not like I can't see why it's
I think you are not the only perso who sees this. I have been told by 
about 4 people whose opinions I respect not to read the Da Vinci code 
because it would irritate the crap out of me, even though they read it 
and enjoyed it on some level. So I have not read it.


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