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30 Jun 2011

Book Rant - Differences

It's always disconcerting when you read reviews of a book you've read and loved - only to find that others have not loved it at all...

I have just recently finished Wither by Lauren DeStefano and enjoyed it immensely. However upon logging into my GoodReads account I noticed that one of my friends had just started reading it - only she wasn't enjoying it at all. In fact she seemed to be deeply unimpressed after a mere four pages in. I couldn't help feeling like this was an attack on me personally! I felt a maternal need to protect my glorious, just-finished, love.

But I really shouldn't feel so bad - after all, I have walked in those very shoes. How people can make their way through Lauren Kate's pure Torment without banging their head against a brick wall, I'll never know.
Some people enjoy it. Who am I to judge?

I recently recommended a book called Jennifer Government by Max Barry to a friend of mine - only to have him report back that he hated it! How is this possible? I thought. It's one of my favourite books! I was so confused. How could anyone hate that book that I loved?

But while sometimes I wish that I could live in a world where everyone loves the books I love, and hates the books I hate - it really would be no fun at all.
We're all different for a reason and sometimes it's nice to be reminded of that and to take joy in it rather than getting distressed about it all.

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And sometimes it's good to have a rant about the whole darned thing *grins*

3 comments:

Blackwell's Oxford said...

Maybe your friends just need to catch up with you Alex? Impeccable taste is not distributed evenly you know?
Euan x

Alison said...

I know exactly what you mean. For the record, I quite enjoyed Wither but probably not as much as you. And I'm with you on the Lauren Kate books. I can usually understand why people don't like certain books. Twilight for example. It pains me to see all the Twilight hate out there, because I am an undying fan. But I also think people have good reasons for disliking it. I just happen to look past the books' flaws.
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Alex said...

So true, Euan ;)

And thank you Alison! I'll take all the help I can get at this stage *grins*
I really enjoyed Twilight when I was reading it, but I wont say that it's on my favourites list *grins* I think my mum loves them much more than me, which is fantastic :p