July 6, 2008
by Megan McCafferty.
(sequel to Second Helpings, sequel to Sloppy Firsts)
A note on the style of writing… convoluted, antithetic, yet hilarious. Here’s a typical sentence:
“Thus, the of-the-moment, faux-antifashion fashion statement was to go out looking like you really didn’t care what you looked like when you went out.”
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January 28, 2008
When most people learn about an event they deem “violent,” such as a school shooting, a terrorist attack, cruelty to animals and so on, their standard reaction seems to be: “oh it’s TV’s fault — all those violent movies!” or something on the lines thereof.
Imagine a society in which small children had everything they needed in order to survive (i.e. food, warmth, shelter) but they would be completely separated from and unaware of the existence of adults. No television, no grown-ups, no “negative” influences. One could say that an utopian society would rise as these children grow. I don’t think so. I believe that at some point leaders, groups, a power structure and all the inherent problems will appear, including fights and violence.
We invented it, so don’t blame TV.
January 16, 2008
When people learn that you enjoy reading books, they seem to automatically expect at least one of the following:
- You are reading only politically-correct, age-appropriate, unoffensive, generally approved books.
- You are reading books for the sole purpose of developing yourself, i.e. you read philosophical / academic / otherwise heavy books.
Most automatic assumptions are wrong, and these are no exceptions. Besides the “heavy” stuff I pick up from time to time, I love books for their own sake! A book doesn’t have to teach me some important concept or change my whole life for me to like it. There are plenty of books I read for the sheer heck of it, sometimes even for cheap thrills, without expecting to find anything too deep in them. And I don’t think this is condemnable. It’s better than watching soap operas at any rate :P
My current just-for-fun book is Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon, second in the Twilight series. Some see it as worthless because:
- it doesn’t (seem to) teach the reader anything;
- it promotes unrealistic standards / expectations;
- there is little or no character development during the story (in the first book, at least)
But it’s still with me because: