Bookish Wednesday: Dystopia

Hey all I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with another topic that I’m finally getting around to covering. It’s all about my hatred for Dystopian novels.

Dystopians? Really?: Yeah, I absolutely hate the genre. It started with me reading The Giver as a kid and being utterly disgusted with it. Stories don’t have to end with a happy ever after, but honestly a story shouldn’t be so depressing and that’s what The Giver was to me.

So many novels, including stuff like Brave New World, The Hunger Games, 1984, and their like are just all made as social commentaries. Honestly if the authors wanted to write a social commentary, they should just submit an op-ed to their local or national news outlet or write an essay and submit it to a scholarly publication.

Instead they write incredibly depressing stories that are pretty much tailor made specifically for literary analysis in order to showcase what the author feels is wrong with the world. For me Dystopian stories are the epitome of terrible writing. A novel should be a way for the reader to escape their day to day lives, and these novels are all about the things most people will want to escape from.

How is that rational?: It isn’t and I don’t claim that my hatred of Dystopia is a completely rational hatred, in fact one reason I haven’t written this column until now is me coming to terms with that fact. I think that Dystopian stories are bad writing because they are made specifically to make the reader think about their life and what can go wrong. And for me that is absolutely the antithesis of what reading is.

I read to get away from my own inner despair and hopelessness that I struggle with every waking moment due to my severe depression, and Dystopian novels showcase the worst parts of my own mind and thrust it into my face. I don’t need that crap given to me in the form of a story since I get it already from my own inner voice that tells me to give up and just die every moment of my life.

That’s it for this week’s Bookish Wednesday.

 

Bookish Wednesday: Literary Analysis

Hey all I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with a topic I’ve mentioned many times in the past and I’m finally getting around to covering. It’s all about Literary Analysis!

Literary Analysis?: So I’ve mentioned that I hate literary analysis many times. There’s a reason for it, and that is because to me, a story should be enjoyed for what happens in the story rather than searching for a deeper meaning. Sometimes those deeper meanings might be as blunt as a sledgehammer to a face, but one shouldn’t judge stories for the deeper meanings that may or may not be what the author intended. I hate the fact that literary analysis is so heavily emphasized in school in America. It takes the joy out of reading stories, and that turns many people off reading entirely for the rest of their lives.

Do I do literary analysis for my work? Of course, but I try to keep out of it as much as possible, because for me doing that takes the enjoyment of any story and turns it into a debate waiting to happen. Stories to me should be enjoyed, or not enjoyed, for what happens in the story itself. A story shouldn’t have to be mandatory reading material for whatever deeper meaning people might pull out of it, and that’s where the main problem I have with literary analysis is. Reading a novel is an activity to get away from the world, not to dredge up deeper meaning to have a scholarly debate.

That’s it for this week’s Bookish Wednesday!