- Dec 9, 2000
Also just remembered talking to Stephen Donaldson at a signing in easons - “How old are you? I don’t think you should be reading my books.”
I was into Guns N'Roses and thought they looked cool, so when my uncle asked if I had any interest in his cowboy boots I jumped at the chance. Turns out he said "cowboy books" and I had to feign enthusiasm as I took a box of them off his hands. Anyway I read a load of Louis Lamour and Terry Harknett that summer.
I tried reading the stand at the start of lockdown. He can do really good ideas then pad out 800 pages with descriptions of road signs and motobikes and people's jeans. It was an audiobook and I could notice the narrator getting audibly weary as it went on and on.I don't think I've ever actually read a King book, the films and shit are often great though
I remember being astounded that absolutely nothing of interest happened for the first 80 or 90 pages of the first book. Fuckin prose, wha?He's probably right, Thomas Covenent is pretty hardcore haha. Another series where the last 'trilogy' wasn't great compared to the earlier ones
This is a very good post but I still don't know if there are any novels you like or what exactly it is that you want from fiction. Also, have you never read or listened or watched a thing that you didn't like but it was still worthwhile? Without getting too poncey about it all, at its most basic art is supposed to change you, liking or disliking it is almost besides the point. Obviously it's easier to get through it if if you like it.
It makes me tremendously sad that some people think "fiction is not for me" but I recognize that maybe I just have to accept that it might be the truth. Reality feels like its taking the piss as far as i'm concerned so i'm willing to go along with anything considered implausible. As Ursula LeGuin said many a time in many different ways, the biggest genre in town is so-called "realism."
As for the syllabus stuff, my gut instinct is that being forced to read one or two novels over 5/6 years is probably worse than reading none at all and we'd probably be better off if they were optional.
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