Friday, November 10, 2006

What I've Learned So Far

As part of my Cybils responsibilities I have read seven and a half books in the last twelve days. Though I have certainly read fantasy and science fiction before, and even written a bit of it, I've never read so much in such a short time. Here is my impression:

If you start reading a fantasy novel and you think, Damn, this is another teenage journal/Cinderella/nasty-teen-girl-posse story, there's a possibility that you will, at some point, be surprised. Something interesting could happen even in a flawed book.

If you start reading a mainstream novel and think, Damn, this is another teenage journal/Cinderella/nasty-teen-girl-posse story, you're probably right.

With a fantasy novel, you have hope.

4 comments:

Sheila said...

Wow, profound observation, Gail. Glad to have you as a convert to our camp!

Little Willow said...

What's odd is that a reader might end up liking a book for which he or she had little to no (low) expectations for more than a book he or she had (too) high expectations for which fails to meet those high standards.

Say that ten times fast.

Little Willow said...

What's odd is that a reader might end up liking a book for which he or she had little to no (low) expectations for more than a book he or she had (too) high expectations for which fails to meet those high standards.

Say that ten times fast.

gail said...

Absolutely. As a general rule, the less I know about a book before I start to read it, the better the experience.