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Oct 29, 2008 07:15PM
Khaya, I agree with you about annoying overdone literature but....
Isnt your last comment a little insulting to middle aged females? Why put the emphasis on age? Do you not think that younger women want to read about female friendships? Or is it that our tastes just get worse as we grow older?
Oct 29, 2008 09:52PM
Good point. Why did I say middle-aged? Maybe because, at that time (several years ago), that was my stereotype of women in book clubs -- although I was a passionate book club aficionado even in my 20s, it always seemed like everyone else in every book club I joined was a good 15-20 years older than me at least.
Or maybe I said middle-aged because I felt that the depiction of girls/young women in the book didn't ring true to me, and that a young woman reading the book would grasp that immediately whereas an older woman might not, given that her stage of life was more removed.
Or maybe I assumed that young women would be more into reading romance novels while older women would have a wider variety of tastes.
I can't remember what made me say middle-aged, exactly, but you're right -- young women could certainly also want to read about female friendships. Also, I don't know that an interest in reading about female friendships necessarily reflects poor taste -- if a book is well-written, it's well-written, no matter what the subject matter. I think it's more when a book is gimmicky and agenda-driven, like the author said, "Okay -- let me write about a female friendship now because that's what people want to read" and then the author simply fills in the blanks like a dot-to-dot rather than fully fleshing out the story, then, well, I don't want to accuse people of poor taste for liking books I don't like, but I do feel that there are so many better books out there so let's just say that.
Oct 31, 2011 05:45PM
I didn't like it either, but for different reasons.
Oct 31, 2011 07:19PM
I liked your review! I felt a lot of the same things you did, but I don't know how well I communicated that in my review. I guess there was a lot to dislike in the book!
Oct 31, 2011 08:46PM
Its nice to read a different perspective of why we didn't like the book.
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