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Apr 30, 2010 09:31AM

20786 So I've heard. Do you like it or The Stand better? I've heard them get compared.
Apr 28, 2010 01:39PM

20786 I need to read Swan Song!
Jan 11, 2010 03:29AM

20786 I'm currently reading Soulless by Gail Carriger. It's a lot of fun.
Book Snobbery (118 new)
Jan 09, 2010 01:47PM

20786 UniquelyMoi *~*Dhestiny*~* wrote: "Joy,

I'm kind of experiencing a little of that prejudice with my oldest daughter. She was at the mall and I asked her to pick up a book that was on hold at B&N. I think it was Tempt The Devil or..."

--I feel the same way, UM. I don't know what I'd do without my escapist literature. :)
Dec 03, 2009 09:52AM

20786 No kidding. That's very creepy.
Dec 03, 2009 06:55AM

20786 Yeah, that would be disturbing. Human monstrosity is the scariest thing to me. Even more scary than demons.
Dec 03, 2009 06:21AM

20786 I don't like the Bratz dolls. I think they perpetuate stereotypes. Okay I know you could argue that about Barbies, but there are lots of diverse Barbies. The Bratz are all from the Hood. Sorry, that's a pet peeve of mind. The not having feet is gross! Who's idea was that.
Dec 03, 2009 05:06AM

20786 Kathy Anne, I looked up the Chelsea Cain books. They sound interesting, but I'm definitely too wimpy to read those.
Dec 03, 2009 05:05AM

20786 Those Victorian dolls are the creepiest. Barbie dolls don't bother me, but these, ugh!.
Dec 02, 2009 09:33AM

20786 Kathy Anne wrote: "I think I have a new scariest after reading Chelsea Cains Heartsick and Sweetheart.
Many compare this serial killer to a female Hannible Lecturn,only worse.Gory and gruesome beyond belief.I think ..."

--Can't handle serial killers. Major ick-inducer for me.
Dec 02, 2009 09:33AM

20786 Mawgojzeta wrote: "Joy wrote: "Something that creeped me out as a kid...was creepy dolls. I saw a movie about a killer doll(not chucky), when I was REALLY young. Anyways, my great grandma had this REALLY old doll nam..."

That's a Richard Matheson short story. That Zuni doll is so creeptastic. I'm with you on that one.

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Nov 30, 2009 05:39AM

20786 I like Romantictimes. My favorite romance novel site is All About Romance,

Book Snobbery (118 new)
Nov 28, 2009 10:03AM

20786 How boring would the world be if we all thought the same and were into the same things? :( Not for me.
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Nov 28, 2009 09:55AM

20786 Christine wrote: "It's funny that we're talking about stephenie meyers now because her books were actually what tempted me to try the much-maligned romance genre. I read the books to see what all the hoopla was abo..."

--Good points made, Christine. Don't get me started on the TV snobs. LOL. :)
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Nov 28, 2009 09:41AM

20786 Okay, granted, I've never read Anne Rice. But I've never felt the burning desire to read her. I don't really like her version of vampires. So I would not hold her up as a standard for the ultimate vampire novel. I think that title would go to James Malcolm Rhymer, Bram Stoker or Sheridan LeFanu, or John Polidori, who wrote the first vampire stories.

I think that some of them are disgusted at seeing something they consider so 'plebian' be such a hit. Some are jealous, and some just want something to be angry about and to hate on. I do respect that many do not like this novel, and they are entitled to their opinion, but why be so virulent about it, as you said? That gives it power, IMHO.
Nov 28, 2009 07:56AM

20786 I agree with you Elvia about those creatures like the lady in The Grudge. But also that girl in The Ring. I was so scared when she came out of the tv. I couldn't sleep for a week.

Joy, I'm with you on the creepy Victorian dolls. I hate those things. They freak me out!
Book Snobbery (118 new)
Nov 28, 2009 07:47AM

20786 I think stardom is a double-edged sword. People start to hate on you because of your celebrity, and not because of anything you did. I really don't think Meyer has a hidden family values agenda. She just wrote a fiction story that came out of her mind and her personal experiences which contribute the artistic voice of most people who create. I imagine there are a few creative people who don't put a little of what is of value to them in their work. But the majority probably do, or their art shows a rejection of the values they were raised with, and is that any better?

If anything, I'm grateful to Meyer for writing a book from her heart that touched me and entertained me, and showed me a different view of vampires. Also for writing a teen story that I could latch onto and appreciate, despite the fact that I hated my teenage years and really don't like to revisit that age. Now I have become quite the YA fan since I read this book.
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Nov 28, 2009 07:37AM

20786 Julie (Mom2lnb) wrote: "Stormhawk and Lisa Anne, maybe you didn't read the "right" romances to spark the things that really interest you. I have personally read several romances that have great action-oriented plots with ..."

--Thank you for your points made, Julie.

My reply to the issues addressed by Stormhawk and Lisa Anne is this. I have read many romances that challenged me and made me think. I could give you a list of recommendations, if you are interested. There are also a good number of 'literary' romance novels. I don't want to say anything disparaging against readers who read only literary fiction, but I have never believed that this category of fiction is in any way more legitimate than genre fiction. In fact, I think that there are quite a few books in this genre that really have no substance at all, but have coasted by on their reputation as being loved by the elite book intelligentsia. Another point I would like to make is that many books accepted within the literary genre are, in fact, part of the various looked down upon genres, and have graduated up to being important works because of their enduring nature. Point three, I really see no value in reading a book that you cannot understand, cannot empathize with any of the characters, and does not move you, even if it touches you intellectually. If being challenged intellectually is the only goal (and not being engaged on a personal level and finding enjoyment in the reading process), than personally, I consider reading a text book the best option. I have read and enjoyed textbooks more than some literary fiction I have read.

So, with all due respect, I can't really say that being a snob of any sort is something that a person should be proud about. For one day, that which this person finds of value will be criticized and looked down on by someone who considered her/himself more high-minded than that person.
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Nov 28, 2009 07:33AM

20786 new_user wrote: "Yeah, I mean, I wouldn't forget that Stephen King has his own motives too. It smarts for some authors to see another win fame because it's just more competition. It's a natural reaction, but it was..."

--I agree, NU. I lost respect for SK when he said that about Meyer. What happened to respect for fellow writers. And for someone who has been called a hack himself, I think that was pretty insensitive of him.

Nov 25, 2009 05:23AM

20786 The Ghost Lab show on Discovery Channel is very good. It comes on Tuesdays and Sunday nights. The guys are professional but they are believers. They were at a haunted building in San Antonio. It was very creepy. I changed the channel because it was bedtime and I can't watch that stuff at bedtime. :)
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