Originally Posted by Curse of Millhaven View Post
Not to mention monsters are one of my favorite things too!
My daughter has a fascination with monsters, and depictions of monsters. I think she'd love that graphic novel--thanks for the recommendation. She loves to draw monsters as well. She's a fan of John Kenn Mortensen.
This is a much-needed thread for me. I don't read books. Well, I read cookbooks. Go figure. Twenty years ago, I was a voracious reader. Then I got burned out taking tons of online classes and couldn't stand to pick up a book any longer.
I don't like nonfiction. Today's fiction seems to be so formulaic. No, I don't want to read about an amnesiac heiress who discovers an old diary in the attic. I don't want to read about a ridiculously wealthy family who has a serial murderer in the family line who has been reincarnated as a zombie.
Oh, and I can't stand murder mysteries. Maybe I'm just an old fart, but today's writing strikes me as so bad that I find myself grumbling at the book's characters before getting halfway through.
I love to read, but I need something that is more than the current NYT's best seller genre. Help.
I've been disappointed in contemporary fiction for quite some time now, too. I've retreated to classic literary fiction, for the most part, and also read a lot more non fiction.
I do like murder mysteries, I have to admit. The classic form (a la Christie and G.K. Chesterton, for example), but also longer, more literary murder mysteries. Iaan Pears' Stone's Fall
and An Instance of the Fingerpost
were well written page-turners.
I'm not sure what kind of fiction you admire, but I need artful mastery of language and nuanced character development. John Steinbeck always hits the spot for me. I find East of Eden
almost unbearably gorgeous. I feel the same about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
. Those are books that transcend reading for entertainment--they actually move me.
I read Charles Dickens and Mark Twain just for the sheer delight of their mastery of language.
I've read hundred of books that were entertaining enough--but they just don't stick with me. I consider them sort of like watching TV. That's how most contemporary fiction strikes me. Not all, but a lot of it.