Books and Pieces: the Wasted World of Written Word

I have come to realize that I can no longer handle listening to other people talk about their favorite books. It is 50 shades of aggravating, watching them as they recommend “good” books to each other, not even knowing about the actual gems that exist in the world of written word.

Before I continue, I would just like to say that this is not a post dedicated to trashing 50 Shades of Gray or any other specific pseudo-literary work. Do I have a deep, resounding hatred for said book? Yes, but the rest of humanity has done that onslaught well enough as it is.

It is not subject matters that I find distasteful. Erotica, BDSM, romance, bastardized mythical creatures and the like are just fine to write about. It is the nature and quality of writing of the mass-produced stories that are problematic for me. Do I enjoy any of the aforementioned topics? No, but that doesn’t mean that I would trash something just because it isn’t to my taste.

The issue at hand is simply that we are awarding ingenuity to works that are remarkably subpar and making them a standard to which budding authors feel they must meet in order to get published and recognized. We are allowing ourselves to believe that there is positivity in mediocrity; We no longer care if our children grow up rejecting books of substance, and continuously applaud them when they pick up anything that isn’t computerized–as if written word of any kind is better than a video game.

Not true.

And more dismal still is that we entertain people who fancy themselves avid readers; who then laud and recommend tawdry creations to others, spreading their disease throughout the land.

But ask them of Seymour Hersh or Kafka. They’ll draw themselves a jolly old blank and look at you as if you yourself are drab. Pick up cooler books, you hag. Up with the times, they’ll say. Don’t read what is dated. Come to our side. We have Twilight 50 Shades of Gray!

You’ll have to kill me, first.

Lest I be considered a snob, I will say, I do not mind an “easy read” so long as it is well-written and at least a little original in some aspect.

However, no matter how much I wish it weren’t so, a book is a book, no matter how shitty.

Much like a person is a person, no matter how shitty.

No…that can’t be right.

Sorry, Seuss.

5 thoughts on “Books and Pieces: the Wasted World of Written Word

  1. I understand how you feel. I work so hard on being a good writing and having standards for myself. However, trash written like 50 shades will always do better than my stories 😦

    Sometimes I wonder why bother.

      • Well, I won’t lie that horrendous romance novels are in demand. That’s even proven on online writing sites like Wattpad. Some of the worst written romance stories get 1M or even 2M reads there. However, you shouldn’t give up on your books.

        What are your stories about? Sadly, I feel poorly written romance books will always be more popular now than a well-written story.

      • I write horror stories. I like to write things where the lead character is the protagonist as well as the antagonist. My writing centers around the villain, not the hero. How about you?

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