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message 1: by Tera, First Chick (new)

Tera | 2510 comments Mod
I know I've read my share of vampire books this last year but I have to say I'm getting sick of every other book having to be about vampires and love. I want blood sucking evil steal your soul chocolate giving vampires or nothing.
I've also read my share of The ... Wife or The ... Daughter. Don't get me wrong some of those are my favorite books but I'm begging authors for something new. You've written an entire book and you can't do better than So and So's wife?
Vampires and Daughter/Wife in the titles I'm sick of seeing. Give me something fresh.
What trend is bugging you? And what would you like to see?


message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (SarahSaysRead) I'm a little sick of seeing all them Pride and Prejudice rip-offs, spin-offs, etc. They're EVERYWHERE. Go down any aisle in a bookstore and you can see novels about the Darcy's, the Darcy's diaries, books about their kids, etc. etc. I say just let the story rest for a little while!!

The only one I'll let slide is Pride & Prejudice & Zombies because, oddly enough, it seems like the only original one, and it's good to see a spoof every now and then.


message 3: by Mary (new)

Mary (madamefifi) | 202 comments I'm with Tera---I am completely fed up with the whole Vampire thing. It worries me when I check the New York Times Best Sellers List and 60% of the books are about blood-suckers. Just doesn't seem right, somehow.


message 4: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (sjhensley) | 100 comments Definitely the vampires.


message 5: by Holli (new)

Holli The vampires and I'm sorry to say that I'm a little tired of Harry Potter now. Its been so many yeeaaarrrsss of it......


message 6: by Nadia (new)

Nadia (bagambo) Vampire books! How many do we need to have - seriously! They are just everywhere now. Yikes! We need something new and fast! :)


message 7: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 654 comments Sparkly vampires. Novels which pre-date the Twilight explosion for me are an exception.

A bit tired of the old Harry Potter. Least the spin-offs. The main books are cool with me.

And I find the "Sex in the City"-"Devil Wears Prada" chick-lit combinations a little too stale for me. Don't get me wrong, I'll watch SitC over and over again. But reading that same material again is tiresome. A bit.

Agreed on the P&P spin-offs. I only noticed there's now a Prawn & Prejudice. What next? Peace & Prejudice? Mixing War & Peace + P&P? Hee :P


message 8: by Katie (new)

Katie (cowgirl-up) | 319 comments Definitely the vampires. I haven't read Twilight and have no intentions of doing so. I tend to prefer stories about live people.

Holli - I'm with you on HP. I attempted the first book several times when it was all the rage and never got past the first 75 pages or so. Just not my thing.


message 9: by Holli (new)

Holli I like the movies a lot but haven't ever actually tried reading the books. Not that I don't want to... I just haven't gotten around to them.

I don't have anything against HP I'm just over it. Its like its been around for years and years and I'm ready to move on from it now. LOL


Christy (TheReaderBee) (thereaderbee) | 193 comments Haha, I have to confess I am one of those into the Jane Austen 'sequels'. Not all of them, but the ones by Amanda Grange are pretty good. I love Mr. Darcy, I just can't help it. ;)

I have to agree on the Harry Potter stuff. I just don't get it, but I haven't read the books or seen the movies either. haha

And the Twilight books... I read them, and I'm glad I did because they really pushed me to read other genres. But the teeny boppers have really turned it into something it's not. I have definitely noticed a boom in the vampire books lately. I don't understand is all the young adult vampire books.


message 11: by Joy (new)

Joy (Joy85) | 93 comments I'm with you on the vampires for sure. I was never "into" it to begin with. And now it's all over TV too...annoying!

I actually just picked up Harry Potter for the first time- at the insistence of my brother and I'm enjoying it so far!

I'm also getting fed up with Jane Austin (although, to be fair I'm not her biggest fan to begin with...let the bashing begin) rip-offs.

Another thing I'm getting annoyed with is the TTYL books or whatever they are- the ones with all the "text" speak as the tittles. It's frustrating when kids start talking and writing in that (especially in school papers). I think those just reinforce the bad habits (once again, let the arguments begin).


message 12: by Vicky (new)

Vicky | 7 comments Joy wrote: "I'm with you on the vampires for sure. I was never "into" it to begin with. And now it's all over TV too...annoying!

I actually just picked up Harry Potter for the first time- at the insistence ..."


The one that's bugging me is the "doing something in somewhere" title that seems everywhere at the moment.
Reading Lolita in Tehran. Drinking tea in...
Now I can't think of any but see loads in the library.


message 13: by Jennifer W (new)

Jennifer W | 1560 comments I'm with Tera on the Daughter/Wife title thing. An author his written an entire novel, thousands of words, and you can't come up something a little more creative?
I'm also kinda tired of the YA fantasy explosion. I love a good fantasy read, but it seems like since the LotR movies and Harry Potter books came out, there aren't any realistic books being written any more.


message 14: by Lianne (new)

Lianne (eclecticreading) | 364 comments I totally agree with the vampires trend; everywhere I turn in the bookstore, there's just a new series featuring vampires, lol.


message 15: by Jcwillis53 (new)

Jcwillis53 Brown (SouthernComfortAuthor) | 90 comments What happen to "funny" books? I have enough sad, tired, whatever in my daily life that I would like to have something without all of the made up drama to read that actually makes me laugh. And the whole vampire thing never ever made sense to me! I don't like blood, the dark and gloomy and I definitely am not into bats or dark winged creatures. Give me a good sunny afternoon, with a funny book and I am set to go. And...why can't we have a cute love story about a widow or a woman over the age of 55? yes, sad to say I am in that age group but honestly we don't just dry up and stop caring about romance once we pass the magic 55 number.


message 16: by Joy (new)

Joy (Joy85) | 93 comments Jcwillis53 wrote: "What happen to "funny" books? I have enough sad, tired, whatever in my daily life that I would like to have something without all of the made up drama to read that actually makes me laugh. And the ..."

I agree with you about the funny books! I love humor and light books.


message 17: by Jcwillis53 (new)

Jcwillis53 Brown (SouthernComfortAuthor) | 90 comments I like your name...Joy. My granddaughter named me Joy Joyce instead of calling me Granny Joyce. There definitely needs to be more joy and humor in our world and less dark and gloomy! We get enough of that just watching the daily news....


message 18: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (sjhensley) | 100 comments JC/Joy,
I have to agree about the funny books.

No more stories where a major character suddenly gets cancer and dies! I've read several like that and would be happy not to read another. I read to *escape*--I don't want to be depressed by my books.


message 19: by teri (new)

teri | 540 comments I found I was reading a lot of books with settings in the middle east, so I had to put a stop to that for a while. I think it might just have been me, but sometime after The Kite Runner I began to realize that many of the books I was reading had that same area for a setting and I was getting tired of reading about a similar culture repeatedly. So now I make a point of picking anything other than that area for a novel -- unless it is an absolutely amazing, "have to read" book.


message 20: by Lori (new)

Lori | 617 comments I'm tired of all of the trendy books that everyone talks up that I inevitably buy and then I wonder what the hell made the book to popular to begin with. On the other hand, I was very reluctant to read The Time Traveler's Wife because of how many people were talking about it and I loved it! Anyway...books that everyone is talking about are starting to send up red flags with me.


message 21: by Jo (new)

Jo I love vampire books but im constantly being recommended them and hearing about new ones that ive taken a break from them and i dont know when ill go back. Maybe when the trends died down and their not being shoved in my face anymore



message 22: by Dolly (new)

Dolly (DollyA) teri wrote: "I found I was reading a lot of books with settings in the middle east, so I had to put a stop to that for a while. I think it might just have been me, but sometime after The Kite Runner I began to..."
I have had that happen too Teri, where I ended up reading several from the same area. What I'm trying to do now is separate the books by several from different areas so I have a new experience each time. It is easy to have that happen though isn't it?

I haven't been reading them, but I'm tired of seeing vampire related books for now. Maybe because of all of the advertising and window displays...



message 23: by Angie (new)

Angie  (AngelitaBonita) | 119 comments Oprah's Book Club books. I find they are not always that great and I don't really care what Oprah says is good. I'd much rather take the opinion of a friend that knows me and knows what I'd enjoy reading.


message 24: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jenngv) I agree with all you ladies about the vampire crap(pardon my "french"). The funny thing to me is that I tried to read the first Sookie Stackhouse book that True Blood is based on and I was sorely disappointed. My husband too! Since when is the show/movie better than the book(s)? And don't get me started on this Twilight junk!
I guess that's why I'm reading the Pillars of the Earth!
I agree with you, Angie, Oprah is not the authority on good books in my opinion either - I think that is all about commercialism.


message 25: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jenngv) Christy wrote: "Haha, I have to confess I am one of those into the Jane Austen 'sequels'. Not all of them, but the ones by Amanda Grange are pretty good. I love Mr. Darcy, I just can't help it. ;)

I have to agr..."


I have to admit, I love HP. I fought the craze for a while, but Rowling is a very good writer - and the imagination!!! Try one, I think you'll like it!


Christy (TheReaderBee) (thereaderbee) | 193 comments Lori wrote: "I'm tired of all of the trendy books that everyone talks up that I inevitably buy and then I wonder what the hell made the book to popular to begin with. On the other hand, I was very reluctant to..."

I agree, Lori! I'm getting in the habit of reading reviews better on books. lol



Christy (TheReaderBee) (thereaderbee) | 193 comments Jennifer wrote: "Christy wrote: "Haha, I have to confess I am one of those into the Jane Austen 'sequels'. Not all of them, but the ones by Amanda Grange are pretty good. I love Mr. Darcy, I just can't help it. ;)
..."


Jennifer, I have the first book on my bookshelf, and I keep meaning to read it. :) Maybe I can get to it sometime soon!




message 28: by Lori (new)

Lori | 617 comments Christy, I've started checking out the reviews on Amazon to see what a bunch of people have to say. I always make sure I see why people didn't like it, as opposed to only looking at the 4 and 5 star reviews. And simply waiting a while before buying it helps too.



message 29: by Mandy Sue (new)

Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments Angie wrote: "Oprah's Book Club books. I find they are not always that great and I don't really care what Oprah says is good. I'd much rather take the opinion of a friend that knows me and knows what I'd enjoy r..."

I completely agree. I usually try to skip them.




Elizabeth (Alaska) Before I became a member of Goodreads, Oprah's picks were the ones I liked best and gravitated toward, reading the covers and then deciding if I wanted to explore that particular book further. I don't want to pick up all the reads of my friends here either, but I love having the input.


message 31: by Jo (new)

Jo (BloominChick) | 2995 comments I read a bunch of the Oprah's book club picks before they were Oprah's book club picks (I've got my paperback sans Oprah's Book Club stickers to prove it lol) but I did get a bit tired of them because many just weren't that good! I was over the vampire theme in the 90's with Anne Rice by her 4th book. I've also noticed the trend since last year to have Mother/Daughter/Wife in the title and thought it odd - made so many books seem the same. I'm surprised with all the Jane Austen books but some of them are really good. "The Secret Diary" of so & so is also becoming a little over used as of late.


message 32: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 654 comments I do like Captain Wentworth's Diary. That was good, especially read after Persuasion. I have Mr. Darcy's but that's about where I'd stop.

I am a lil tired of everyone's life story becoming a book solely b/c they were in Hollywood, politics or were in the limelight for 15 minutes. Some people's stories AREN'T that interesting :P


message 33: by Katie (new)

Katie (cowgirl-up) | 319 comments Angie wrote: "Oprah's Book Club books. I find they are not always that great and I don't really care what Oprah says is good. I'd much rather take the opinion of a friend that knows me and knows what I'd enjoy r..."

There have been quite a few books from her list that I loved. There have also been several duds. I wouldn't necessarily pass over a book just because it was on the list, but I wouldn't read it solely because it was either.


message 34: by Mandy Sue (new)

Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Before I became a member of Goodreads, Oprah's picks were the ones I liked best and gravitated toward, reading the covers and then deciding if I wanted to explore that particular book further. I do..."

It's not that I pass them over because they are Oprah picks but because they are usually hyped up and then disappoint me like Lori was saying earlier in the thread. I would rather wait until the hype is over and then if I still find it intriguing I will pick it up.


Elizabeth (Alaska) I must be missing something. Where do you see books "hyped"?


message 36: by Mandy Sue (new)

Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments LOL "hyped" It's the best book of the year!, it will bring tears to your eyes!, amazing book!....that sort of thing.


message 37: by Elizabeth (Alaska) (last edited Jul 29, 2009 07:22PM) (new)

Elizabeth (Alaska) I understand the definition of the word. I've never seen any book hyped, other than the reviews printed on the book itself, which I figure may or may not have anything to do with reality. When I was buying Oprah stuff, I would go to the bookstore and look at the selections on the new paperback table, or on the buy-1-get-1 half off or some such. I'd pick up a book whose cover looked interesting and that had the Oprah seal on it. If reading the description on the back intriqued me further, I would probably buy it.


message 38: by Mandy Sue (new)

Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments I guess my biggest issue with Oprah is the Echart Tolle book. So many other books on the topic of enlightenment are better, more interesting. She took an arrogant man and made him a millionaire. Guess it has something to do with disappointment.


message 39: by Jcwillis53 (new)

Jcwillis53 Brown (SouthernComfortAuthor) | 90 comments Angie wrote: "Oprah's Book Club books. I find they are not always that great and I don't really care what Oprah says is good. I'd much rather take the opinion of a friend that knows me and knows what I'd enjoy r..."

Oh thank you! I thought that I was the only one who felt that way....


message 40: by Mandy Sue (new)

Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments Actually, I'm not going to question myself. Eckhart Tolle really disappointed me, yes. I was shocked that Oprah gave him the spotlight he didn't deserve but that's not my issue. I refuse to pick up a book because a "celebrity" put her name on it.


message 41: by Jcwillis53 (new)

Jcwillis53 Brown (SouthernComfortAuthor) | 90 comments we love to listen to books on tape/CD/whatever when we make our trips to see our grandkids and I was driving down the road listening to what I thought would be a "fun" book about a loving couple and the next thing I know the woman is pregnant, the baby has some sort of mystery disease while still in the womb, then the mother dies. Believe me when I tell you that was the last thing I needed on my trip! It seems like the author was the man who wrote the Notebook. Anyway, after I wiped away the tears I decided to really read the synopsis before just trusting another book to be what I thought it was going to be! And this was a book that came highly recommended!!!!!


Elizabeth (Alaska) Oprah has been a reader all her life, long before she became a celebrity - in fact, long before many of you were born. Long time readers have something to offer to the reading community. Too bad more celebrities don't stand up and encourage people to do things that actually enrich their lives. I cannot believe I'm sitting here defending her, because I don't like anything (nothing, nada, zilch, zip) else about her.


message 43: by Mandy Sue (new)

Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments I can't believe that you are arguing that I won't pick up a book just because it has her name on it. I want a book that intrigues me, not one that was recommended by someone that doesn't personally know me and doesn't care about anything else but her profit.
I taught myself to read. I have always had a passion for it. I have been reading since I was 4 years old. I picked books that most wouldn't. I found myself hiding who I was throughout my teenage years because I was afraid to show how obsessed I was with books. I have not and never will let someone persuade me to read a book because they are in the spotlight. I would prefer to read a book because it triggers something inside of me.
What really are we arguing? Oprah's importance in the literary world?


Elizabeth (Alaska) Sorry, Mandy, are you saying you won't *read* a book because Oprah's name is on it, or you won't *touch* a book that has Oprah's name on it and see if it's something that interests you. I'll never be reading a book simply because someone else says its good, Oprah or anyone. Be assured, however, that you won't be reading any book, well, almost any, book that doesn't provide a profit margin to the publisher, and, hopefully, the author.


message 45: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (sjhensley) | 100 comments JCWillis53, I know exactly which book you are talking about; I have read that one.


message 46: by Mandy Sue (new)

Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments What I am saying is that I won't specifically pick up a book because it has Oprah's name on it. I won't grab a book because it is this weeks trend. I will pick up a book that others who have similar interests have recommended but I won't pick up something that is popular at the moment.
What is making you so angry?


Elizabeth (Alaska) I don't know why you think I'm angry. I asked you where you see books "hyped". I still don't know. Do you have someplace you go to read book reviews? Or is there a radio station that advertises books or what. I have never seen nor heard a book "hyped". I don't pay much attention to advertising, I guess.


message 48: by Mandy Sue (new)

Mandy Sue (mettakaruna) | 811 comments All over the media...websites, newspapers, book clubs, word of mouth, etc.

People grasp onto Oprah because she is Oprah...no other reason.


message 49: by Elizabeth (Alaska) (last edited Jul 29, 2009 08:21PM) (new)

Elizabeth (Alaska) Ok, well then. I've never heard of an Echart Tolle (author or title?) book, so I don't have any clue about whether it's something of interest to me. Does that satisfy you that I'm not an Oprah follower? I merely said seeing her seal on a book was helpful to me in finding books of interest, and I think others find it helpful too. As a lifelong reader, and one who has encouraged millions of others to become readers, I think her opinion about books worth consideration. As I said above, I can't believe I've sat here and defended her, even if its just this one issue. If your problem is that other people give her too much credence on other issues, well you'll have to take that up with them.


message 50: by Jenni (last edited Jul 29, 2009 08:23PM) (new)

Jenni (NekoKitty) | 32 comments Mandy Sue said this in message 34:

"It's not that I pass them over because they are Oprah picks but because they are usually hyped up and then disappoint me like Lori was saying earlier in the thread. I would rather wait until the hype is over and then if I still find it intriguing I will pick it up."

I'm pretty much the same way. It's obvious that a lot of readers out there love the books that she picks - and if it gets people reading, that's wonderful. I think I've just discovered that the Oprah books are just sooooo over-hyped, that I end up being disappointed sometimes because I expected more out of the book.




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