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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…I’m in the mood for chatting so I’m answering them all!
• Describe one of your reading habits.
I like to leave the ending of a book at a point where I can finish it all off in one go, usually before I go to sleep at night. It’s very rare that I finish a book during the day, even though I read pretty much any time, and it has been known that I will read until the early hours if it means leaving an unacceptably short bit of the book to read in the morning. I don’t know how I manage to do it, I guess it’s from years (and years) of practice!
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
“The Fellowship of the Ring”. Yes, yes I know I claim to be a book nerd but for some reason this one has slipped by me until now. I read The Hobbit about 30 years ago and loved it but never really fancied reading the Lord of the Rings. I was about to try it when they went and made a film of it, which put me off. I don’t like seeing films that I intend reading the book of and out of stubbornness I didn’t watch the film (still haven’t) and waited for the hype to die down to try the book again. And then they went and made the Hobbit. Oh well, I’d better get it read soon so I am up to speed with everyone else because no doubt the conversations will be turning to Middle Earth again soon.
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
I cannot wait for the next Bridget Jones installment to be published. The press have been publishing extracts recently but I don’t want to read any of them until I can read the whole thing all at the same time. I remember laughing hysterically at the first two – way before they were turned into films – and just can’t wait for the next one. As ever, my fear is that it won’t be up to the quality of the first two, but I’ll still be reading it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
I recently bought “Clean Cut” by Lynda la Plante. It’s the third book in the Anna Travis series and I bought it because I loved the first two and wanted to carry on with it to see how the characters develop and if the author has kept up the pace and depth of great writing. I have to say that after about 25% of the way in, I’m a bit disappointed to be honest. There doesn’t seem to be much of a plot yet and the characters are very one dimensional. I saw a review on Amazon that said that this book was very much “tell” and not much “show” and I have to agree. I just hope that it picks up soon or else I probably won’t be reading the rest of these. I’ve not read any Lynda la Plante before but I am guessing that they must be well received because they have been adapted for TV and she has a great reputation.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
Something that annoys me about the industry is that some authors can make millions and squillions of dollars out of pretty mediocre work yet others can turn out real quality time after time without much recognition at all. I think it’s possibly because those who have a new idea but can’t write it up properly sell themselves out to Hollywood and their money is made on the back of hype and merchandise rather than talent and hard graft. J K Rowling, I’m aiming that comment at you! The first Harry Potter book blew me away – it was unique and refreshing and a totally new idea in the world of children’s literature. It was well written and was well followed up with the second. But by then, the hype machine began its work and Hollywood came sniffing round and what was a natural ending suddenly became a major blockbusting series of FILMS and the book quality dropped as quickly as a failed expelliamous spell.
But here’s the thing, J K Rowling’s work wasn’t new and unique and refreshing at all. I have read a series of books about a character called Septimus Heap by Angie Sage that is far superior to the Harry Potter books both in terms of plot and characterisation and yet they haven’t had a fraction of the exposure JKR and HP have had.
Another example is the “Spooks” series by Joseph Delaney. What a cracking series! The central character is Tom, apprenticed to a Spook, and together they fight the forces of darkness. Really imaginative, identifiable historical characters and locations, well written, full of meaty substantial plots and would lend themselves completely to the big screen. But I would hate to see the books suffer as a consequence of putting them on the silver screen until the author has definitely finished with them. JKR made a big mistake by writing the 3rd to the 7th book purely for the screenwriters and not her readers, but financially she’s not made a mistake at all. I suppose my rant is against the authors who put making money above keeping their readers satisfied, and the industry that encourages that sort of thing.