Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Out of my comfort zone
I am reading a book that don't like, again.
I am beginning to wonder what the criteria is for some awards. Because a lot of the award winning books don't appeal to me.
Maybe I'm just an old stick in the mud. Maybe I don't have enough creativity in me. I want my heroes to be likeable and I want love to be able to weather difficulties and I want the good guys to win. Old fashioned concepts, I know.
The book I am reading right now has very unlikeable characters. Every one of them is greedy or cruel or damaged in some way. The world building is excellent, but it's a nasty place with no relief. The characters are trapped on multiple levels. I guess I am curious to find out what happens, but I won't be surprised if they all end up dead. Since that's a real possibility for all of them, I can't connect. I don't want to invest myself in characters that are destined to die. And most likely - die badly.
And this book has that corporation-as-super-ruler concept, also. That seems to be a popular theme lately. Or maybe I've just randomly picked books that had that theme. It's an interesting proposition that commerce will rule the future. And I suppose large corporations are cutthroat. Look at the English trading companies and what they did to India and Indonesia and the Caribbean. But with that as our history, would we allow it to happen again?
I will go to an old favorite author to curl up in a beloved world for a bit and rest my brain.