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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
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Jan 11, 2012

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Does Oprah still have a book club? Is it secretly running underground? Is the first rule Don't Talk About Book Club? I mean, how else would every woman my age know about this book? It seems as though all my GR friends over the age of thirty, many of which are lucky to finish 12 books a year, have read or plan on reading it. I just heard about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan's existence yesterday. This is odd because, regardless of what genres I prefer to read, I'm usually up to date on what's the newest hottest thing in the literary world.

That said, I tend to avoid this sort of literature like the plague, so it's no surprise that I likely walked past it countless times without taking a second glance. I mean, just look at the cover. It's bland as a bowl of plain oatmeal. Granted there are flowers on it, but I don't even like flowers all that much, or Chinese fans. Based on the title I can tell it's the sort of historical fiction that is chalk-full of horrors to woman-kind. The sort of writing rife with Emotional Porn. You know, the kind that will force you to collapse on the ground, snotting and sobbing and crying out for your momma.

*rolls eyes* The thing is, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is the sort of thing I should want to read. I mean, I am a woman. I am over thirty. Statistically speaking it should be my bread and butter.

But it's not. It's totally not.

I've always known I was different, and not in a quirky, adorable way. Different because I snarl in the face of convention without even meaning to. I don't fit the mold. It's like I belong on the Island of Misfit Toys Women.

Whatever. I'll read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I'll do it because I'm sick of being the only person in the room that doesn't know all about whatever crappy new book all the Dignified Women are reading, especially when I'm the most well-read of the bunch. But if it contains something along the lines of 'You is kind, you is smart, you is important' all bets are off.

P.S. I'm willing to bet Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is nowhere near inspiring as Eon: Dragoneye Reborn.
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message 1: by Tatiana (last edited Jan 11, 2012 02:18PM) (new)

Tatiana Those women know about this book due to the same reason every "average" woman knows about every new release of Jodi Picoult and Nora Roberts. Those are the only books department stores carry. And they are women's fiction/tearjerkers.

message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Oh, and aren't they making a movie of it?

Lindsey Tatiana wrote: "Oh, and aren't they making a movie of it?"

They already did. Last year.

message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

They already made a movie. It was..embarassing.

message 5: by Megan (new)

Megan I'm your GR friend, and over the age of thirty... and this is the first I've heard of this book. hmmm... glad you're taking one for the team Penny ;) I'll stick with my YA and UF and whatnot & leave this one alone. Looking forward to your review though.

message 6: by Christine (new)

Christine Wheeler this looks like a book snob book that makes me feel dirty for liking books about zombies.

message 7: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Penny, today a librarian was trying to convince me to read this book/watch the movie. It was very hard to tell her politely it wasn't my sort of thing.

Elizabeth It was a charming book but not exactly being lauded as a literary masterpiece. That being said, it was a complete pleasure read that I devoured on a long flight to start off my vacation. I give it high marks for being exactly what I wanted for the type of reading I was doing.

For the record, I much prefer books in which the characters make an internal journey of growth to those that are filled with action or fantastical events, and would never be attracted to the Fantasy/YA genre you mentioned.

Karen Canova Trust your gut, Penny. Or did you go ahead and read this over-rated romance novel? I just finished it last night for a book group, and the only emotion I felt was overwhelming amazement that this book is on the "best books" list of many women I know (and don't know). I do believe that it represents a new(ish) form of the traditional "romantic novel" genre, disguised as high-brow, contemporary, and even important "literature." Your phrase, "emotional porn" resonated for me. If you did finally read the book, I'd love to know what you think. Thanks.

Tracey Savage Penny, hoping for your review before I plunge in!

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