Good grief… Spoken like a person with perhaps a library’s worth of knowledge, at least judging by the vivid descriptions you give of each book trope (Wonder if that’ll be a thing?)
Personally I’m very much a reader of fact books or otherwise incredibly strange shit like the Ripley’s series or of course the Guinness Book of World Records, which I’ve been a fan of since I was a young child. Why NOT make real-life humans be the characters and let them accomplish such amazing, wacky things that society would never dream possible?
And I’ll probably read the ol’ autobiography once in a while… If I ever get time to read them.
An enlightening and some might say humorous guide into the realm of library books. Perhaps there’s more of these on the way? I would sure hope so…
The moment I see a paranormal romance with a piece of fruit or a flower on a black cover I avoid it like the plague. Usually because it's the SAME formula.
Boy meets girl ---> boy is ____ but a "good one" ---> *insert smut here* ---> bad guy wants girl/boy for some reason ---> Both characters aren't at all interesting ---> magic!!1! ----> "fate", "destiny", "symbolism", "deep" ---> face, meet desk. The end.
It's worse when they try to be "more developed" and insert rape in it for no good reason. I was into a series until they inserted childhood rape in it.
Enough of my ramblings. For some reason I nodded my head to your synopsis of generic stories and could actually identify some series that match it. I love the effort you put into these tutorials.
Ugh! I have no respect for people who write about things like rape just because they know stupid kids will secretly be curious about it and therefore read it. That's what bad fanfiction writers do. It's sad that it actually gets published sometimes.
Even if it's done "tastefully," why is there a need to make people read about that ever? Like you said, it just disturbs people who were otherwise into the series, and if not, just makes people think about things that they should hopefully never have a reason to think about. It's not "part of life," it's a sick abuse of life.
Anyway, I'm really glad that you appreciate this list. It was fun to write because me and my twin sister are always ranting back and forth about the dumb library books we get out. I just finally wrote down our biggest complaints. XD
Implying it happened is one thing, but making it into a scene? I don't know...
To me it sounds unnecessary.
I couldn't count how many shows recently with the theme slapped on [Bates Hotel, the Walking Dead, Revolution].
Personally I'd rather not have it in my shows or stories, as I want an escape,and a happy one at that.
I'm at the point where I have to ask store owners whether an anime or book has rape in it, so I can avoid it.
It's not "part of life," it's a sick abuse of life. I couldn't agree more.
I'm glad you had fun writing it. Ah, rants, they're always a fun inspiration. That and looking at covers and reading blurbs. Sometimes reading blurbs can tell you what the whole book is about. Though I sometimes flip open a book to a random page and read it to see the writing style. I've saved myself many a horrifying theme by reading it. [Ever notice how books get a lot of slack with adult themes compared to games and movies?]
Sorry for the late response
And I totally judge books by their covers. Genres have started to become so set in stone that the cover really does tell you what the story is about and you can immediately guess where it's going. Good to see there are some others out there who agree with me. ^^
Ginny Williams is a special, adorably dorky preteen girl who's out to save the post-apocalypse world from mecha-Ctulhu. She'd have the support of her equally charismatic family if they hadn't died in a tragic incident involving beach balls. Instead, she has a conveniently life-like male robot with a completely blank personality programming, for whom she falls for but doesn't tell anyone about until that shit causes trouble or at the last possible minute. They are briefed on the situation by H.P. Lovecraft's ghost who dies about one third into the story, not before telling them that the key to defeat mecha-Ctulhu lies in a series of grisly murders, so they start investigating them to try to find out just how far the rabbit hole goes. All this is a deconstruction of Othello adapted to modern times.
... Imma' copyright this shit.
Couple of notes:
For the Quiggleys I think Savvy and Scumble are an excellent exception to the rule.
I also think that The Vesper Holly series by Lloyd Alexander is a good "Kid Who solves mysteries" series.
And this one may just be me, but I think Alex Rider is one of very few good Action Jackson books. I have yet to read a better kid-action book series.
All that being said,
I love it.
Didn't Lloyd Alexander also write the Prydain Chronicles? Those kind of fit the Apprentice stereotype, but I thought those were good as well.
"Darkness" (followed by "Nightmare" and "Candle Light", 'cause it's always a crappy trilogy with "mysterious" names)
Iselda Carter ("exotic" name + cool surname, but you can call her Mary Sue) is a beautiful teen who don't know she's beautiful and doesen't care, 'cause she faaar too clever compared to her gullible and stupid classmates. In fact she reads such unique classics like Shakespeare's, Jane Austen's and such others (easy to merchandise), and write poems and knows the ancient Greek philosophy (quoting it directly from Wikipedia). She's sooo unique and different, and so awkward against love, 'cause she knows she'll never find the Right One.
But, one magical day, it happens: the Most Beautiful and Deep Guy she's ever met enters in her life - who has a cool name, like William Ashterton, if he's elegant, or Lars Ryder, if he's though -, and obviously he's interested in her, and in her ONLY. She tries not to admit herself she loves Him, 'cause she's so modest and independent (she wish!), but, since he saves her from a Supernatural Menace (aka stalking werewolf/vampire/spaghetti monster or whatever) and finds out he's a Supernatural Creature too - and usually one of the most powerful among his mates -, she's totally lost for him and stay by his side, with absolutely NO problems about his nature. It's a Dangerous and Forbidden Love, but after many adversities (often caused more by themselves than other people), they'll stay togheter Forever and Ever, as she'll probably become (or already was without knowing it) a SuperUberNatural Beautiful Creature.
the end! XDDD
it stinks, doesn't it? XP
I have Stumble upon many that I try to read some were bad and many were good
But is become at this point were is very hard many artist make it Difficult to understand some story's
So it become hard for some readers to understand dust leavening the book alone or just letting it be
As for me I like to read the short story's that left behind the book giving u a open window on what's yet to come
Which leaves this mind if u don't like it then move on lol xD
Still, I see what you're saying.