Crap books and good books (was Re: Best Books of 2004)
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Thu Jan 20 10:10:30 EST 2005
On Wednesday, January 19, 2005, at 10:04 AM, Robyn Starkey wrote:
> Allison Marles wrote:
>> I found this post highly interesting to read. In conjunction with the
>> discussions of Georgette Heyer, it has made me think about reading
>> I have often felt rather furtive or embarassed about reading "romance"
>> novels. And I don't really read any others because either I've not
>> found them well-written, or they have boring characters, or they are
>> and Steamy, which is not at all to my reading taste. However, I still
>> have often felt the need to explain to people that G.H does not write
>> the sort of trashy-supermarket-corset-bursting type of romance.
>> out that so many other people who are clearly quite literate read and
>> enjoy G.H. has been very refreshing. I suspect that a lot of Literary
>> Snobs don't really think books should be enjoyed so much as endured.
> I have to take issue with this, being someone who might easily be
> characterised as a Literary Snob. I think that you have to take into
> account differences in taste. I actually really love a lot of books
> that other people (even, gasp, Melissa) describe as boring or
> unreadable. I don't just endure them, I enjoy reading them. I don't
> love everything that is supposedly good literature - I hate Dickens,
> for example, but I also really Wuthering Heights, and Robertson
> Davies, not to mention a lot of modernist and postmodern fiction that
> other people find disturbingly arcane, or dull or whatever.
I think Literary Snobbery has value. I am a recovering Intellectual
and it certainly caused me to read books I would never have read
otherwise, many of which were well worth reading. And some turned
out to be very enjoyable indeed, like _War and Peace_. [Although
the last time I tried to reread it, I got tired very fast of all those
Russians whining about their souls, which is not a good frame of
mind to approach it with, so I stopped.] The history stuff is some of
the best part, I think.
Also, I read _Pilgrim's Progress_ regularly for a long time, although
I haven't read it lately.
On another paw, I've never read much modern fiction of Literary
Value[OMT]. And Intellectual Snobbery has never driven me to
read Dostoevsky, for example. So who knows?
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