My personal posts do not have a schedule. I just write them when I feel ready to write them, they are ideas already settled in my head that haven’t come into bloom yet and when they do I write and publish usually on the same day. Tag Tuesdays and Forever Fridays will be weekly, book-related posts and might be the only scheduled posts this blog will ever have in the near future.
Tag Tuesdays are just tags that I’ve seen floating around and wanted to give a go. My usual will be that I’m not planning on tagging anyone in these, if you want to give them a go too then be my guest.
Warning: I get really ranty and if you get personally offended when your favourite book is criticized, perhaps not the best post for you to read.
1) An Over-Hyped Book: Let’s start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s say you’re in a book store, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated so you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!
There’s two books that sprung into my mind instantly here. I generally don’t read very hyped up books anymore, so it’s slim pickings nowadays, but the first one was It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned-something. I like how it was an #OwnVoices story about mental illness and helping yourself instead of romance helping you and yadda yadda yadda but this book was so overwhelmingly sexist. The main character, who’s name I don’t even care enough to remember, even sexualised his own mother. He sexualised every woman and girl he came across. Every. Single. One. There’s probably more that I hated but it was a long time ago. The second one just highlighted abusive relationships, that one was Alice in Zombieland by whoever. Neither, of which, I’ve ever heard anyone have an issue with but if you know people who did then I’d like to hear about it so I don’t feel so alone with these options!
2) A Sequel: Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?
Almost every second book in any series. A lot of trilogies could have just been fine as a duo with the first and third book. The second book is almost always pointless and slow. I’m more of a person who likes standalones way better than series so I don’t tend to reach for them much, either.
3) A Classic: Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?
Mice of Men by John Steinbeck, and while we’re at it, The Grapes of Wrath by the same author. They’re just so god damn slow. Problematic as fuck (as most classics are, to be honest). It portrayed no groundbreaking intelligence. I get that both were, really, about the Great Depression and the human bonds in times of crisis and whatever but I can find a far more interesting book portraying the exact same thing somewhere I’m sure
4) Your Least Favourite Book of Life!: Let’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You’re trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?
This one is the easiest question I’ve ever had to answer. This would be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I absolutely despise it. I hate how popular it is, while books written about autistic people that are far better don’t even get a quarter of the ratings. Don’t boost neurotypical books about autism, especially when multiple autistic people have pointed out that it’s problematic and not accurate. At least start boosting books about autism written by autistic people.
This tag today was short and sweet! If you’d like to do this tag then feel free to. I write these way ahead in advance so I know they’re kind of old tags, as well, but they’re just for fun even though I sound really angry here. I’d love to see yours. Until next time.