Thursday, June 19, 2008

You are what you read?

To read or not to read... this particular book?
Indecisive as I sometimes get, it took me a while to answer this question. In the end, it wasn't much of a surprise that I took the book and read it: it was thin, it was talked about, infamous even. Perhaps curiosity got the best of me. OR, perhaps it was a great learning curve.
It took me an hour and a half, and I wasn't reading fast either. Now THAT is a piece of serious reading!
The story is sad. Unfortunately, I don't think that teenagers drowning in hormones will look at it that way. The book is a hit, and I'm sure that too many young readers will regard it as a guidebook rather than as a warning. If even one person takes it this way, it will be too many.
I the world ruled by television that offers half-digested, ready to consume, instant entertainment, I'm am a passionate advocate of books and reading. But sometimes, like now ,after reading this particular book, I have to ask myself whether in some cases is better not to read at all than to read just anything?
From a different prospective, reading this book has been an unexpected reassuring experience for me: I got to realise that not only Dostoevskys get published. Even more so if you live in Serbia.
The recipe for success: simple story, few pages, large font, promiscuity and violence, bad language. Voila! You've got yourself a best seller! Sadly, I'll have to pass on it. If it takes to write at this level to be popular and read, I'd rather be neither.

PS. I still haven't decided whether it would be too embarrassing to write this title in the list of books I've read. I'll have to ponder this some more...

1 comment:

Agustin said...

You know what, I started reading "Crímenes imperceptibles" by Guillermo Martínez, the novel by an argentine author the film "The Oxford crimes" was based upon ;-). Just I was looking at the map of the London Underground, I wondered if the tube network had reached infinite connectivity, and I suddenly remembered a low-budget, science fiction "Art Cinema" film called Moebius, it was filmed some 15 years ago in a very well known cinema academy in my country. The film perhaps will interest you, if you can find it translated to Serbian or, at least, English ;-).

I'll write to you about it in a message ;-)

Kisses,
Agustín