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it takes aaages
people do crosswords or read cereal boxes
like people that take a "beach read" on holiday. "Something trashy". Wassthepoint?
JDTraynor is wrong about crosswords (cryptic) though.
but yeah - theres SO many classics to read. and they come highly recommended
so will usually persevere with something.
I wouldn't read something if I had prior knowledge of it being rubbish though
knowledge by reading it. Damned misleading reviews.
but if I've read something by a particular author and didn't like it, I'm likely to steer clear of anything else they've written. I have friends with very similar tastes to me too, so I'll avoid anything they hated.
Not watertight obviously and sometimes there are exceptions, but thats what I meant by prior knowledge
100 Years of Solitude and Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks.
100 Years was just giving me a headache with everyone having the same name and didn't really seem to be going anywhere.
Human Traces was one of the worst books I have ever read, and two thirds of the way through I realised that it was simply a waste of my life if I continued reading it.
I'd never usually give up on a book, but after reading "Vernon God Little" all the way through, I decided to trust my executive judgement in future
"100 Years was just giving me a headache with everyone having the same name and didn't really seem to be going anywhere."
GO AND SIT IN THE CORNER AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE SAID!!!!!
as that kind of thing goes.
In my opinion, I didn't like the style.
Welcome to subjectivity
hundreds of people with the same name? I'll live with that
you are merely an observer of it, not an enjoyer of it
every single piece of art and every single piece of literature? What about my critical opinion? Is it bunk purely because the work in question does not suit my personal tastes?
he can't even do crosswords.
oh the shame...
whatchya gonna do old man? Whatchya gonna do?
because I was very enraptured and captivated by the book
that I am happy not to develop a mastering of.
how many letters the capital of Columbia has?
is an amusing intellectual exercise that we intellectuals partake in to exercise our brains between inventing stuff and writing books.
I guess you'll never understand that.
don't like to abandon books. i persevere in the hope they might improve, or just to see how it unfolds and concludes. luckily i've not read that many books i've disliked. one that comes to mind was called 'the sixth lamentation' it was painful but i am glad i stuck with it. the only book i can remember abandoning in recent years is 'the da vinci code'! i hated it!
If it's a good book or not unless you read it and find out for yourself?
Never heard the saying? "Always judge a book by it's cover" ?
if it has a crap font, massive writing or a sticker on it, then you know it is likely to be rubbish
"Always judge a book by it's cover"
Didn't seem to be any real characters or plot, just lots of strange stuff happening in sequence. Gave up about half way through. I know everyone loves it but it just did nothing for me.
I have a totally different attitude to books than films or music. I only tend to read things that I think will be worthy of using a large chunk of my time because reading you know takes a long time. I tend to steer well clear of chart fiction/Richard and Judy shit but then I suppose that is the same as with other media.
My aunty gave me a Dan Brown book though and it is embarrassing having it on my shelves, but I feel obliged to keep it.
'tragic life stories' section in wh smith. i really want to hand them all over to a charity shop or something, but i feel really bad.
Asimov et al is completely respectable. Anyone who dismisses the entire sci-fi genre as not a valid literary form is probably just someone who hasn't really read any (like people who dismiss computer games). There is good sci-fi and bad sci-fi and also science fiction has so many meanings and so much range that it can just be applied to any weird fiction and that dealing with alternative lives/universes/fantastical situations.
Basically, I would rarely consider sci-fi to be a waste of time or fall into the category of trash, not least because yes it is about the ideas as you say.
With straight fiction though, the quality of writing is probably more important though, because crap books tend to be devoid of ideas and imagination and also are usually extremely descriptive in style and actually leave very little to the imagination. Therefore, the reader is less involved in the process.
I am a book snob though, you're right :)
i read incredibly quickly, and sometimes i want something fairly trashy that i can just read easily.
and actually some of the richard and judy shit is alright... the time traveller's wife is great and i'm sure that was one of them.
i read literally anything and everything.
i am a FIEND.
even my granny's terrible romance novels when there's nothing else.
by book snobbery. Some people think every time they pick up a book it's got to be a highly intellectual and life changing activity. I can enjoy the classics as well as genre fiction, in the same way that I can enjoy watching some arthouse film as well as neighours.
If you disagree with me then you don't really enjoy reading, you are just doing it to be pretentious ;)
because you are pretentious
I read science-fiction and popular readable modern stuff and the odd chart thing like I dunno the Corrections but I would never read SAS adventures, Jeffrey Archer, Mills and Boon or Dan Brown (again anyway, I read a bit and it was so terribly written) because it is ultimately a waste of time and surely not even that enjoyable, unlike Neighbours which is fucking amazing.
The Karate Kid is one of my favourite films but then that is because it is funny and it only takes an hour and a half to get through. I fail to see how trashy books equate.
it depends on your definition of trash and why you are reading said "trash".