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« Topic Start: April 10, 2007, 08:53:24 am »

This is a campanion thread to "What are you Reading Now."  The original thread can be found here:

http://www.ecauldron.net/mb/index.php?webtag=TCSOCIAL

So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?

I don't read westerns, science fiction and the vast majority of romance novels due to lack of interest.

Political commentary because the people who write them are more than likely lying.

I avoid the Left Behind books and Christian Fiction in general because I don't like reading a book that kindly reminds me I'm going to hell on every f'en page.

A lot of the stuff in the New Age section is too fluffy for my taste.  I only go there because that's where they keep the books on ghosts.
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« Reply #1: April 10, 2007, 09:03:04 am »

This is a campanion thread to "What are you Reading Now."  The original thread can be found here:

http://www.ecauldron.net/mb/index.php?webtag=TCSOCIAL

So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?

I don't read almost any *religious* fiction, regardless of the religion in question.  I don't like when the message is more important than the story.

Anything with revisionist history.  (note: not /alternate/ history.  That can be fun.  But it has to be clearly /alternate/ and not "hey, we think this is what really happened")

Um.  Westerns.  most "general fiction", actually.  If there's not a murder or something fantastic going on, I'm not that interested.

Horror.  Especially blood&gore horror.  It either grosses me out, bores me silly, or leaves me sitting in the light twitching for hours.  I'm far too suggestible as it is.  Things meant to freak me out?  Not a good plan.

All that said, I'm part of a writer's critique group, and I've read all KINDS of things for them that I wouldn't read on my own.  Some of it's even interesting! Cheesy
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« Reply #2: April 10, 2007, 09:24:40 am »

Anything with revisionist history.  (note: not /alternate/ history.  That can be fun.  But it has to be clearly /alternate/ and not "hey, we think this is what really happened")

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All that said, I'm part of a writer's critique group, and I've read all KINDS of things for them that I wouldn't read on my own.  Some of it's even interesting! Cheesy

I'm adding revisionist history to my list (how could I've forgotten that Huh).  I've said it before and I'll say it again: this genre (maybe in combination with religious fiction [think DVC]) needs a good parody.  I have to get around to writing it one of these days, and since I found the ideal biblical text to base it on I could start the major "research" for it any time if I wanted to.  But I agree with you that alternative history is fun.  I could spend all day conimplating all the "what ifs" of history.

That writer's critique group sounds fun *stores idea in the back of my head*
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« Reply #3: April 10, 2007, 09:29:00 am »

I'm adding revisionist history to my list (how could I've forgotten that Huh).  I've said it before and I'll say it again: this genre (maybe in combination with religious fiction [think DVC]) needs a good parody.  I have to get around to writing it one of these days, and since I found the ideal biblical text to base it on I could start the major "research" for it any time if I wanted to.  But I agree with you that alternative history is fun.  I could spend all day conimplating all the "what ifs" of history.

That writer's critique group sounds fun *stores idea in the back of my head*

Being in a critique group has REALLY helped me write better.  Because they can not only see that *something's not right*, but they can put language to the problem and offer ideas.  Which most readers just can't do.  (and they can also say why something is good, too).

though that parody idea sounds .. wonderful ...... Cheesy
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« Reply #4: April 10, 2007, 09:31:02 am »

So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?

I was going to say there's not a lot I actively avoid, but then you mentioned Left Behind.  I have intentionally avoided those because everything I've heard about them indicates that I would only want to throw them across the room and probably wouldn't enjoy them, so I should probably just spare myself and the books the trouble.  Then I realized that it's what Shadow said:  I dislike fiction where the message is more important than the story.  (Well, not just books, but you know.)  It's fine for a book to have a message, that's not a bad thing at all.  But when the message takes over, it's like, why didn't you just write a sermon in the first place?  You know?

I also dislike intensely nonfiction with an obvious agenda that is blatant and transparent about its attempts to make the "other side" look bad, so I guess I avoid those when I know about them, but I don't always have advance warning.  Ditto for "anyting, fiction or non, that is just really poorly written".  (I include revisionist--not alternate, but revisionist--history in that category.)

Beyond that, I don't actively avoid stuff.  I haven't read any Westerns at all yet, and I don't read many romances, but that's for lack of interest and not because I'm going, "Ewwwww, Westerns, keep away!"  Wink  I don't read much of the Pagan stuff that's out right now, but most of it just doesn't seem relevant to me.  And while there's some that I'd almost read just to see how bad it is for myself, I have a long list of other books that are higher priority for me.  *shrug*
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« Reply #5: April 10, 2007, 09:46:13 am »

though that parody idea sounds .. wonderful ...... Cheesy

Thanks, I got the idea when the Da Vinci Code hype reached its peak last year and I felt like bashing my head against the wall.
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« Reply #6: April 10, 2007, 10:18:57 am »

Thanks, I got the idea when the Da Vinci Code hype reached its peak last year and I felt like bashing my head against the wall.

For the record, I've read The Da Vinci Code, and about... oh... seven, I think of the Left Behind series (years ago when I still operated under the name of "Christian").  I can't hardly remember the Left Behind series, but the Da Vinci Code is pretty... erm... vivid still.

It was one of the few books-to-movies franchises that I actually liked the movie better.  The characters were flat, stereotypical, boring, and devoid of any real emotion in the book, that was only somewhat restored through the acting and directing in the movie.  The only person who was not boring was the antagonist, and while I love an interesting villain, when your villain is actually more proactive than your hero, and more sympathetic than your hero.... there's something wrong.
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« Reply #7: April 10, 2007, 10:30:10 am »

So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?

I don't really read Westerns, mysteries or romantic books out of lack of interest, nor a good deal of general fiction for the same reason.  Pretty much, if something fantastic isn't going on, or something sci-fi isn't happening... I tend to not gravitate toward it.  *guilty*  I am trying to read more classic literature; trying to re-convince myself that not all Classic Literature is as awful as the stuff we read in high school, like Hemingway and Fitzgerald.  Thankfully, most of what I have picked up has been infinitely rewarding.  I may even revisit those hated authors I was forced to gag down in high school and see if I can't restore any love for them. 

There is very little I really avoid, except for non-fiction.  Most pagan books are too fluffy for my taste, and I tend to avoid authors like DJ Conway and the like.  As for other nonfiction, again, it usually tends to be a lack of interest than outright avoidance.  I only avoid authors whom I know have faulty history or facts behind them, and I usually avoid most Christian apology and historical books because... well... it's interesting to me, but not when there's a clear agenda.  Any other book that doesn't have an agenda behind it is usually interesting to me.
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« Reply #8: April 10, 2007, 10:41:04 am »

This is a campanion thread to "What are you Reading Now."  The original thread can be found here:

http://www.ecauldron.net/mb/index.php?webtag=TCSOCIAL

So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?

I don't read romance novels.  I avoid certain authors as though they have plague.  I don't read about UFO and Atlantean stuff. 
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« Reply #9: April 10, 2007, 10:42:28 am »

Being in a critique group has REALLY helped me write better.  Because they can not only see that *something's not right*, but they can put language to the problem and offer ideas.  Which most readers just can't do.  (and they can also say why something is good, too).

though that parody idea sounds .. wonderful ...... Cheesy

Did you do any journalism in high school or college?  You would have loved it.  First you write something for homework. 500-800 words-ish. Then you pass it to the person sitting in front of you, who goes through it and makes changes/ revisions.  Then you pass it to the person sitting behind/ next to and next to.

By the time you're done, you've gotten 4 peoples critiques of what you've written.  They have to fill out a paper on how they critiqued you, so all of you are being collectively graded on not only the writing but the critique.  You can't just be like *uhhh, I didn't like it cause it sucked*  you have to have concrete reasons. 

Then you're told to take 100 words off of what you've written based upon the critiques.

Nothing like column inch requirements to get one to cut to the chase.
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« Reply #10: April 10, 2007, 10:50:41 am »

I don't read romance novels.  I avoid certain authors as though they have plague.  I don't read about UFO and Atlantean stuff. 

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Amanda Quick novels.  I refuse to ever ever ever read another one.  They have drag and drop plots.  Identical plots in every book - out of something like a 15 book series.  Bodice rippers. 

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« Reply #11: April 10, 2007, 11:30:40 am »

Bodice rippers. 


Those are the worst offenders in the romance catagory, period.  I have a bag full of them that were given to me and I'm taking them to the book store to sell.  Might get a dime each for them. 

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« Reply #12: April 15, 2007, 10:37:25 pm »


What's a bluestocking?

And more on-topic, personally, I avoid Westerns, Romances, "Inpirational" (read: insipid crap) like those Chicken Soup books, and really, just about anything recommended by/likely to be recommended by Oprah.  Tongue

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« Reply #13: April 16, 2007, 06:07:43 am »


So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?


There are lots of things I avoid due to lack of interest, most mainstream fiction among them. I've been known to read my dad's Tom Clancys in a pinch (and read The Bourne Identity out of curiosity, didn't like it), but I wouldn't pick up the likes of Danielle Steele even if I were desperate.

Celebrity gossip magazines.
Pseudoscience and diet books. Anything that uses quantum physics as the Great Mystical Power.

Books I would avoid if I could: those with overly heavy-handed references to Bible stories or fairy tales *cough*Life of Pi*cough*
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« Reply #14: April 19, 2007, 10:18:36 pm »


So which books do you avoid for whatever reason?
There's not much I avoid, except romance novels - I can't stand them! Mills and Boon, or whatever... I cannot read them...... I just can't.

But, since I didn't know where else to say it, I have to say, that while I've mentioned before that I have a strange liking for 'cookbook spellbooks', however bad they are, I always, always, end up having a mental rant when I hit the 'love spell' section, which is usually the first section,since, as we all know, love spells sell... someone tell me it isn't just me that has a passionate dislike for 'love spells'.... ??
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