I’m going to talk about two books today. I will name one (Again, But Better) but not the other because it’s not as well known. ABB’s decision was based on quality, but the other was based on a harmful portrayal and I do not want to spread the idea of picking it up.
So let’s start light. Why is Again, But Better unreadable?
‘The left side of the woman’s lip curls up in alarm. “Are you saying you’re twenty years old and you never kissed anyone?”‘
‘Lost is the best tv show of all time.’
‘I chuckle, thinking of the Hunger Games.’
I just. Yeah.
Reading does not equal craft. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of Christine’s, but I have watched some of her videos on occasion. She’s very euthsatisic about books, especially this book. Reading is a component of being a good writer, but It’s not everything. You have to write. You have to burn your first draft. Read a bit on the craft, take some notes. Then you go back to the fireplace and rebirth your book from the ashes. Then tear it up. Then recycle the ashen pages, do some touch up, and if you’re very lucky, you should be done at this point.
I don’t smell smoke.
The major, pointable problem? The verbs are overdone. She strides when she should go. She chuckles when she should smile. She falls when she should trip. She thinks of The Hunger Games instead of thinking how Rue, at 11 years old, was the oldest of her siblings and had no one to volunteer for her.
Read if you want, go ahead! It has a good premise: college girl goes to London to get a fresh start. But I do recommend borrowing the library copy before going to the bookstore; I was saved a lot of money when I heard how bad it is on twitter.
The Book Who Must Not Be Named
It was ok, about a 3/5, or by my system, 6/12. I was about 2/3rds of the way in when I was hit with this sentence:
Lesbian, gay, transgender, questioning, intersex and ally
Let me tell you a little about it: The protagonist is a gay man incorrectly defining what LGBTQIA+ means to a coworker. The actual plot of the book was gay people being murdered. I held on because the protagonist is a “good guy” who wants to stop it. Yet he puts those people in danger. Hmm.
Oh, for reference,
LESBIAN, GAY, TRANSGENDER, QUEER, INTERSEX AND ASEXUAL. There is also AGENDER, AROMANTIC AND PANSEXUAL.
Just so you know.
It just really pisses me off. Being an ally is not a queer identity. It’s a show of support. I appreciate allies. BUT YOU’RE NOT AN ALLY IF YOU’RE ERASING AN ENTIRE SEXUALITY. And SHUT UP. LISTEN. THAT’S WHAT ALLIES DO. ALLIES ARE NOT A PART OF THE QUEER COMMUNITY. WOULD YOU CALL YOURSELF A PERSON OF COLOR IF YOU’RE WHITE? I HOPE NOT. DON’T ERASE MY IDENTITY TO MAKE YOURSELF FEEL BETTER.
Ok. Let’s wrap this up.
Why do you DNF?