|Goodreads circa 1993.|
|This about sums it up.|
Setting a book aside is hard. Really hard. It feels like a personal failure, and I feel like I've been failing too much lately. I couldn't finish four out of the last five of my book club picks and I'm struggling with the idea of putting down the most recent one. I gave The Dresden Files another crack because my husband likes them so much, but I had to take another break from those. I stopped reading Pretties, the sequel to Uglies, by Scott Westerfield because I was reading everyone in the voice of Lumpy Space Princess.
|This is the plot of Uglies.|
Bookstores have a whole new section devoted to teen paranormal romance. NaNoWriMo is responsible for so much dreck. Just because a person has written 50k words in a row does not mean they have written a novel, let alone one worth publishing. I've gotten to the point where if I read that if a book started as a NaNo project, I won't touch it with a ten foot pole. And don't get me started on fan-fiction as publishable materiel... Author forwards and afterwards also piss me off. If you have to explain or justify your work, you're doing it wrong.
|I hate everything.|
So, I ask for your thoughts. Has genre fiction become so flooded that everything is crappy and derivative? Am I a hideous snob? Do you find it hard to set aside a book you've started? If so, why? If not, why not? What have you read lately that has either blown your mind or made you want to blow out your brains?