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Crappy Books

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Do you ever crave reading crappy books?

When I wish to be free from the clutches of Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison, I have the need for crappy books—books that are heedless of craft and literary style, and as a result of that, I don’t need to wreck my brain reading them. Crappy books aren’t easy books. Crappy books are badly written, with unreal dialogues and cliches. You know a book crappy when you read one. Easy books could be well-written and fun to read, as long as they are within the bound of reason and coherence. Take the two phenomenons: Da Vinci Code and The Girl with the Dragon Tatto are both page-turners: one is crappy and the other easy. The post from LitDrift also lists off The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I won’t go as far to call these books crappy, but none of them are my cup of tea because I don’t consider them literature. To make a long story short,. crappy books aren’t worth the frivolous pleasure.

14 Responses

  1. I think you make a great distinction between a book not being literature vs it being crappy. I think that any book that provides the reader with enjoyment or food for thought is likely not crappy, but just because a book is not high-brow literature does not mean that it’s crap. That said, I WOULD say that Twilight is crap! Terrible dialogue that brought me no pleasure! 😀

    • What Steph said, if it’s not literature it doesn’t necessarily mean crappy or bad or cheesy. If we’re talking cheesy it all depends on personal preference and non literature can be really well written.

      I also really don’t agree with LitDrift putting The Time Traveler’s Wife in the same area as Twilight. Of course that’s coloured by my personal opinion, but The Time Traveler’s Wife is really well written so I can’t see how it is in that list.

    • What about the Suzenne Collin trilogy that both you and Tony hated? 🙂

  2. I don’t crave crappy books. Check out my answer for this week’s Booking Through Thursday.

  3. I agree it is not necessarily a black and white situation. A book can be a good escapist read without having to be great literature or crap. My biggest complain is why do people like things that aren’t well written (The Help being a prime example). I think it is possible to have a good story, with good writing, and it doesn’t have to be great literature – I just wish it happened more often.

    So says the person who has a particular fondness for bad television.

  4. I love the frivolous pleasure of books like those. Sometimes its nice to relax and not take things to seriously.

    The Twilight series was so terrible I couldn’t finish it, but I love breezing through a Dan Brown or The Time Travellers Wife makes me cry every time I read it. They are good examples of their particular genre

  5. hahahahhaha…. you have made your point though others may argue. I read Da Vinci Cod and Angels and Demons and I loved both for a reason: the facts in them such as learning of the phi, of the anagrams and all that. Yep!

  6. YES! I like the distinction between Da Vinci and Dragon. Crappy and Easy aren’t always the same. Crappy books are hard for me to read but easy books are, well, easy! A vacation.

  7. You make some good points! This was an intriguing question. There seem to be a lot of different opinions about what “crappy” means!

  8. I’m just glad to see I’m not the only one who thought Da Vinci Code was crappy.

  9. Good answer! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  10. I thought some of the writing in The Time Traveler’s Wife was actually pretty good, but I can see why people wouldn’t like it or find it melodramatic.

    On the other hand, it’s clear that Niffenegger was trying to connect her narrative to Odysseus and Penolope’s waiting in the Odyssey. I wonder how she views her own books, as just fun or Great Literature.

  11. Twilight is not literature and it is crappy. Even that is an understatement of the year.

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