I read… crap

One of the things I’ve learned about myself is that I’m a trollop when it comes to my reading material.

If you look at my Goodreads list, you’ll find a lot of stuff on there that isn’t “literature.”

It’s just plain trashy.

And at one point, I was ashamed of it.  But how can you blame me for being ashamed?  I run a Common Reader program.  I talk about author quality, writing styles and various other academic issues.  And yet, my Kindle is just trash!

Until I realized that it really doesn’t matter, as long as I’m constantly reading, challenged by the work in front of me.

A friend and I decided to read The Vampire Academy series together after I’d seen the movie previews.  I don’t often feel compelled to read along with a movie series, but I thought it looked like something I might enjoy.

Ummm, no.

I get that it’s a young adult series.  I know that it isn’t literature.  But, it did help me remember what I know about writing.

There has to be a plot.  The characters, even in a made up world, have to do things that follow the path the author’s laid out.  When they act out of character, I call a spade a spade.  I allow for character growth in saying this.  Sometimes an author just paints him or herself into a corner they can’t remove themselves from without breaking character.  As a reader, I get to call the bluff.

Understanding that even in the worst writing, I can still learn about writing is key.  We often worry about what our kids read.  My thoughts, today, reflect the idea that it doesn’t matter what they read – so long as they read broadly.  No genre is taboo, or verboten.  They all have value.


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