You know that moment when someone mentions a book you adore and then rips it apart and your jaw is on the floor and you wonder what the hell that person was reading because it isn't the book you love?
Hellzapoppin, I think my brain quit on me.
Thing is, since Jane's disclosure of her Jen Frederick alter ego, I've not been visiting DA as I used to. But this morning I popped in and saw someone had made a comment on Lord of Scoundrels so I read the thread and I just fucking died.
Beside the hate for To Kill A Mockingbird (which is my all time favorite book ever ever ever) readers were eviscerating Lord of Scoundrels. Oh my God and What the Fuck?
So here's the thing: We currently live in 2015 in mostly civilized countries with electronics and Kim Kardashian and pizza. We're not living in historical times or with historical values. These books are about a time before Martin Luther King and psychiatry and today's social mores.
Why the fuck are they being judged like they were published yesterday?
And by the fucking way: To Kill a Mockingbird isn't at all about celebrating racism. Atticus Finch was fighting racism and trying to keep Tom from going to jail. Scout learned so much in that book and it was fucking brilliant. Remember the time it was written and stop judging it from your 2015 life. At the time it was ahead of its time.
And LoS... people hated Dain. Called him a bully and all sorts of horrible names. Disliked Jessica too because she was perfect and didn't grow enough in the book. Someone boo-fucking-hoo'd Dain for having a bad childhood. (Read the book again.... he had a tortured childhood and was lucky to have not offed himself as a child.)
I love LoS and it's one of my go-to reads (like Motorcycle man which I hated the first time I read it and Crazy For You which I read maybe four or five times a year because it's a perfect book).
I just can't do it anymore. I can't take these casual intellectual discussions about books I love. I can't read people hating what I love. So I'm done with it. Done with intellectuals. I'm declaring this space a smart-free zone. Take your college degrees and go away.
This space is for dummies like me. People who love books for what they are and not for some idealized world that didn't exist.
And if you have anything bad to say about my favorite books, do not leave a comment.