09 December 2010
Literary Blog Hop - Literary Pet Peeves
The Literary Blog Hop is hosted by The Blue Bookcase and this week's question is:
What is your literary pet peeve?
Lots of bloggers have said that they don't really have many, and I don't really either. I can usually find something to appreciate in every book that I read, even if it is laborious. However, this did bug me:
House of Leaves, takes. There are quite a few things that I like about House of Leaves. The story is scary and conceptually fascinating, but actually reading this is tiring. I mean this physically. The two worst parts of the book for me were: the section that has one word per page, and the section where the words spiral around the page. This might sound wimpy, but reading this book made my arms tired. It is thick and heavy and required a lot of movement. You also can't look normal in a coffee shop spinning your book around and tilting your head.
This so far is the whiniest post ever, so maybe I'll broaden this pet peeve and call it style without substance. I'll preface this by saying that I'm not all curmudgeony about postmodern literature in general. I like experimentation with form. However, I really only like it if it seems motivated. I get very tired of cleverness for the sake of cleverness. I also don't understand footnotes in fiction. If the information is necessary for understanding the story, it should be part of the text. I also don't really like magical realism...but that is of the subject, so I'll leave it at that.
Since I didn't post last week, I'll include my favorite poem, which happens to be an experimental form:
This is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
-William Carlos Williams, 1962