…aka The Gift that Cme in the Mail after Midterms Today. c:
Book Photo Challenge Day Twenty: Favorite Author
…at this very moment. Reading this book and really enjoying it thus far!
Some of our friends from Library Way.
like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this
there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means…
This is true, and I’m going to add to it in a vaguely related way:
Regarding our current obsession with vampires, wizards, etc. who live in our world but regard people (i.e. those reading and writing these books) as ‘mere mortals’ who can’t possibly compare to perfect sparkly Edward Cullen: This seems to be linked to exactly the kind of cynicism discussed above. It stems from this idea that humanity sucks, people are weak, and the only kind of “people” worth writing about are ones who aren’t wholly human - are somehow more than human. And, of course, most/all of the actual humans in the story can’t know about the vampires/wizard/etc. because humanity is bad and dumb and weak!!
I have no issue with the fantasy genre - this isn’t what I’m critiquing. I’m talking about how we’re using fantasy species in a way that we haven’t in past fiction - as species superior to humans, because humans suck. The prose depicts people very intentionally as inferior/intrinsically bad. It’s a weird mix of Christian ideology - i.e., humans intrinsically suck because Original Sin - and modern cynicism - i.e., humans intrinsically suck and those siding with the vampires are “adult” enough to see it.
Even in realistic contemporary fiction, I often find that the minor characters seem trite and annoying compared to the main characters. Because, you know, everyone who isn’t us is awful. Humanity is bad. It’s as if these writers have never met a pleasant stranger. It’s as though if you enjoy going to school or work or raising your kids or eating breakfast in the morning then you just haven’t grown up yet.
book buying motto:
if I can say “well, it’s cheaper than a sandwich” I’m going to buy it
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