Of simple plots and story devices, where no thinking is required.
I'll even make it into a series, everything you've desired.
Pick it up in the middle, why not? It's all the same. So-and-so get together,
there's sex on every page. It's the best story in the world, and it only took me six days!
Don't worry about morals, there's none to be learned.
If you hate life-long lessons, then enjoy every word.
The characters are flat with the basic of descriptions, with no voice of their own.
If one dies, no tears will be shed, there's another just around the bend.
They have no flaws to their name, no special traits to distinguish them, they're all the same.
Don't worry about remembering them, this story is stress-free, here for your pleasure.
You'll hold it like a treasure, believe it's the best thing ever written.
Oh, and do not feel guilty, do not feel smitten.
Each line was without effort, it was written with ease, so simple it was a breeze!
Now that the plot has been established and the characters defined,
time to close that book after the final line.
Slap a name on it and there you have it, a book to share, to talk about like a nasty habit.
You feel real good after reading it, do you not? Like you accomplished something grand,
and the author should be awarded for every jot.
Now, a message to you from the writers at heart,
from those who try their hardest to leave their mark.
The ones who gave each page- nay, each word careful consideration,
their characters brought to life with compassion, and their plots thought-out moderation.
Hark and listen as we don't waste our talent upon you, to these two words amply spoken.
Hear them now, be grateful we can't sue, and take them as a token as we say:
I can't believe how much attention this poem is getting, I just... I can't even... I have so much gratitude that words simply can't describe!
Yet from the bottom of my heart, thank you all SO much for the comments, faves, and just for everything! I am truly honored and flattered, I hope I can only continue to meet your expectations and you won't have to wait for long for the next literature piece I come up with! Thank you all again, it all means so much to me!
Also, just a quick little note to clear any future confusion: the title is titled "Why Books Suck", but it's in no way referring to all books in general. No! I love books, I couldn't imagine life without them! The title is meant to be followed after the poem, the poetry intended to specify which books exactly suck and why they do. And even then, it's still just my own opinion. I hope this helps!
....*Gasp!* What's this? Have I actually written something? I have!
After a long hiatus, KatsaNovari has finally written something. Who have thunk it? I'm still struggling a little with my writing, but I feel confident enough to say that it's slowly coming back to me and I'll be writing regularly again before long. .......*Knocks on wood.*
Ahem, anyway... Now for the poem.
I'm going to be blunt about this, because I feel strongly about it. I'm so sick and tired of seeing stories, movies, books, TV shows, etc etc gaining the attention they have for no other reason than the fact that the characters are highly attractive and there's sex. And if not sex, than stupid love triangles and every page written from top to bottom with the character or characters conflicting with imaginary torments that they've made themselves, typically involving with "Oh, who do I love?!"
Even these elements wouldn't be so bad, if they were done right. But no, they're written with obvious laziness from the author who uses very common and cliched story elements to attract the attention of audiences who are too stupid to realize bad writing. Yes, I said stupid, because surely anyone who could be so rapt and engaged in these stories have low standards and probably don't read a lot in the first place. The writing is simple enough for their pleasure, and they can get through it quickly enough to watch their favorite TV show or go to the event they had planned on time. Because who wants to read a book that takes too long, am I right?
Don't get the wrong idea, I'm not trying to bash on romance in general. I admit, when it comes to genres, romance would have to be my least favorite. But even I find myself liking the subject when the author writes about it well. That's because there's character development, the plot is in depth, even if the character is having trouble sorting through his or her feelings, it's not all they're concerned about. AND THE CHARACTERS ARE ACTUALLY ALIVE!!! I swear to you, a majority of romance novels and books are the same exact thing, only the names have changed. The characters are dead and lifeless, they're there for the sole purpose of being used and to "get off".
Yet these books and stories are popular on websites like deviantart and in the real world, and I see all of these briliant books, some of which are even similar but actually GOOD, buried and never given the chance to shine in the spot light, because there's not enough "sex" in it, or the characters are actually being "reasonable" or have actual "thoughts".
I come across these type of stories and think to myself: I could write this within a day or two and become an instant hit... Because there's no challenge. These people probably didn't have to spend much time on their work, yet I see writers who's writing is absolutely brilliant and stunning take so much care and spend so much of their time on what they write (checking for spelling mistakes, fixing the plot and correcting errors, doing research), not gaining the attention they deserve.
Now that that little rant is over, I hope you enjoyed the poem Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, a majority of you may disagree with me, and that's completely fine. Please, feel free to comment your thoughts below, but please remember to be mature and reasonable about it. Thank you!
Writing © KatsaNovari
Give proper credit if you share, don't claim as your own, yada yada yada.
Something which DOES bother me a bit though, is the almost Dr. Seussean rhyme scheme of the poem. While it is clever, it does tend to distract from the overall message, although clearly not too much, or I would not be writing this Critique. Maybe a change of meter may have been in order?
Regardless, this left a lasting impact on me as a writer myself, on a subject not oft visited. If only your sense of Technique was better honed, you could have used more clever rhymes, the execution would have been even more effective. As is, Id say it was pretty good.
It really is sad when someone writes just for the profit or recognition. I have also seen people who just don't know what they're writing, and end up with a confused and cliched mess.
What caught my eye, though, was the word "research". I set most of my stories (which are all still in the process of being written) in the modern day, and they have led me to finding out so much that I would have otherwise never considered investigating! From Pilipino mythology to the british school system, I take great delight in letting my stories take me to new places. I know it sounds, cliche, but that's really how I feel.
But that sounds fantastic, and I'm really thrilled that this poem struck out to you and it's something you can relate to! 8D
That was my hopeful intention, and, admittedly, I'm still quite proud of this particular poem hehe. Sometimes I think it's what a lot of writers wish to say, and a majority of us do, but not quite as crass or direct.
Some of us, on the other hand, need that extra push and rush of confidence to stand by our own writing and not be dragged with the crowd. We ALL have our own voice. We need to learn how to use it.
It just always frustrated me when I see so many books full of potential and dedication get overlooked because there's a different book that distracts the reader usually with sexual appeal. If you take that out of it, it's very much clear that the book itself with the plot stinks to high heaven, and even those who do like the book admit that the writing/plot is just terrible from time to time, but they enjoy it nonetheless for the simple fact that there's sex scenes, cliche love triangles, or other such nonsense.
Thank you for the favorite as well, by the way!
Otherwise, who cares. Let's read The Lord of the Rings, instead.
i also feel the same way about song lyrics. Romance and sex are so cliché. I'd rather listen to a story with spiritual imagery, such as Coldplay's "Cemeteries of London" or Rich Mullins's "Calling Out Your Name." (And yes, even Coldplay has been guilty— VERY guilty— of this cliché.)
There's so many love songs I've started losing track of which one's which. They've all started sounding the same to me. I haven't heard of those two, but maybe I'll give them a try at some point lol. I listen to a variety of songs from different bands, I mostly go by the song itself rather then the band performing because sometimes I may only like one song from them. Most of them, if not all, isn't directly related to love I don't think and even those that are could still be easily interpreted as something else to the listener. Heather Dale I love listening to because her songs involves stories, usually in medieval-ish times, one of which does involve love in a sense, admittedly, which is Lancelot's betrayal to King Arthur.
I listen to a lot of "love" songs, but the fact that they are "love" songs is kind of annoying. However, sometimes they can be made much more bearable. Enya is an example of this. She has some "love" songs, but her music is so enchanting that I could care less. For starters, listen to "Only Time" or "The Memory of Trees (Instrumental)." That's some good stuff right there!
I've also been loving, lately, the songs "Wait," "This Bright Flash," and "Outro" by M83. Another set of good songs is "Prospekt's March/Poppyfields" and "Glass of Water" by Coldplay. (Sorry I keep bringing them up. I hate half of their stuff, and adore the other half, lol. But all my favorite bands are like that. Even Enya, whom I have mentioned above, works like that, in spite of my feeling that her style is better than the vast majority of Coldplay's stuff. I guess I'm just picky.)
Also, if you like contemplative/dark instrumental music, I also recommend The Haxan Cloak's "The Drop." It is really compelling.
Some other deep electronic songs are "Iona" and "In Threes" by Loscil. I have a feeling those two songs are far too underrated, as nobody even knows about them, lol
I'll have to go check Heather's stuff out. I'm always on the search for good music. Sorry for ratting off all my recommendations to you, but I wanted to aid you with that too.
To read this at a Poetry Jam would be awesome, but I think I'd be too nervous to give it justice~ (>.3.<)
Anyway this poem got my attention and I enjoy it. It made me giggle a little.
I'm glad you did! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and taking the time to read, it's greatly appreciated.
I just had to write what had to be on most writer's minds; in a way, it's meant for all artists in any area, cause this happens everywhere, not just with books.
I'm glad you enjoyed the poem, thanks for the comment! ^^
You know, readers of FSOG might like good books too? You have your guilty pleasures and your paper-based friends. The great works will still be great and the shitty ones will still stink. Whoever said Twilight was high literature? A classic series? You can like books and poetry and movies and shows and still not admire them at all. It's okay. There will always be a place for excellent work--usually a far off place, not front and center. It ;makes the great ones all the more special because they swim in an ocean of insipid, fashionable fics.
This is also true. It's not like I can automatically tell someone's tastes when I see them reading just one book, and I will never claim to do so. It doesn't really change my views or opinions, but it doesn't mean they're all the same either.
Thanks for the comment and taking the time to read the poem!
Very well put, Miss KatsaNovari. The fact that dreck like what you've mentioned is even allowed to see the light of day confounds me. We live in such cynical, hyper-critical times which is even more worrying; people are so ready to put down a story as too "sentimental", too "juvenile" too "slow" or too “preachy” despite having real character development and the *GASP* ability to teach morals (or at least having character WITH morals) instead of being a horrifingly cliche pile of anti-heroes, but then they’re so quick to gush over absolute trash. Whatever happened to modest but deep storytelling? It's all about spectacle and the like -__-
As a prospective author I can’t tell you how much of a hit in the gut all this is: it’s a constant state of distress wondering if people will like the story you’re trying to write, but the distress also makes for some incredible motivation to excel instead of lowering your standards to accommodate the lowest common denominator. At the end of the day, it makes well-written books far more precious and worthwhile than, say, if every book ever written were a classic worthy of the moniker. Sometimes you have to surround the diamond with coal to appreciate its beauty.
A little confession: one of the greatest books I’ve ever read, a little book called “Aztec” by Gary Jennings, had a (graphic) sex scene or some other perverse act every 20 or so pages, sure, but damn was the rest of the story amazing outside of that, the world so interesting and some of the characters were even likeable. Whould’ve thunk?
But this new crop of authors, if they can even be called that, you’ve indirectly mentioned are not at Mr. Jennings’ level, at least not outside the realm of sex sex and more sex. Give me “War and Peace” over that nonsense any day.
Lastly, I wouldn’t go so far as to say books suck; I’d save that for greedy publishers or, worse yet, readers themselves for giving the publishers the wrong idea about what’s worth immortalizing in print and what isn’t. And I do apologize for this horrible wee rant.
Thank you very much for the comment and sharing your thoughts, I couldn't agree more with them! I know for sure it helps strive me to do better, though sadly at the same time it discourages me because I see what people seem to be interested in and it's not at all what I want to write about. Nonetheless, I'll never let it discourage me enough to break and write for the sake of being popular, and instead make my own mark on the world even if it means with a small band of fans and similar-minded individuals.
Even I wouldn't mind the fact of there being a lot of sex in the book if the author wrote an actual story to accompany it, as well as breathe life into his or her characters. As a writer, my characters are practically my children, and I want to see them grow and learn and shine! Not become lost in an ocean of dull characters that no one cared about.
Don't worry, I adore books. I couldn't imagine life without them! The title isn't meant to be taken literal and establish that all books suck, no; only certain books which the poem helps to specify. Sorry if there was any confusion!
I prefer stories with substance myself, rather than literal word porn; anyone can fantasize that stuff on the fly. My friends have made me read furry fetish fiction with more personality, and that's saying something. Maybe pornos should be novelized, so the Romance genre can focus more on the less primal aspects of love? *bricked*
It's one thing that really bugs me about so many Animes, because I see all these pretty females with barely enough decent story-telling to accompany them.
I'm not a fan of porno, but I can certainly appreciate it more when it has more personality and substance, and not written in such... brutal behavior. I just don't understand why people can't find what they're looking for in them if the characters actually have story to them and a real bond.
I really agree with this one, I find very few animes where females have true backstories and play a part in the series. In most cases, they're there to look pretty and have big breasts. I mean come on, really?
It's a real shame when Anime does that. I go into many of them thinking, "OMG she's so cute!", then realize she's about as interesting as a brick wall partway in, or shallow and annoying. (Some people will vehemently disagree with me on this one : I felt the latter with Serena in Sailor Moon.)
And this is only what gets translated through subs or dubs at all, Japan has cases of Sturgeon's Law too. Heaven knows what we're not seeing overseas.
It's similar for me as well, except it'd be the summary of the story that'd draw me in. It's ridiculous! I can't understand what it is that makes the characters so appealing except that it's obviously from their looks alone, and they're just blinding everyone from their flaws. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm not, but the arguments fans try coming up with usually either proves my point or they're not even arguments at all but a way to force me to get to like the characters they like >_>
I don't even want to know, I'm terrified by the thought alone!
It's sad when a character looks unique and interesting, but aren't interesting on paper at all. I think the fans either don't actually watch the Anime (Or can't, as some DVD sets are insanely expensive.) and just love the fan art, only enjoy the fan service in it, or haven't watched any better shows. I know my sis dropped Sailor Moon when she found better things to watch; almost everything seems cool when you're a little kid.
Yeah, the few things I do know about are terrifying, and I'm afraid to mention them.
Your poem is thoughtful and I like how some of the verses are addressed to both reader and writer. I have also looked at some of your comments below and think you have a great taste in books (I am a Redwall fan, have read the Hobbit and enjoyed Graceling. Two of these books I have reviewed and I hope to review Fire and Bitterblue at some point).
Thank you very much for the comment, I greatly appreciate it ;-; And YES! A fellow Graceling fan! 8D I don't know many people who've read it, it's been my favorite for a long time hehe. I've also read the other two; Graceling is by a lot better than both in my opinion, but they're okay. Fire was actually really interesting and intriguing, I like it. Bitterblue, however.... It's a little complicated. How I feel about it I mean. There were parts I liked, and then others I didn't. It's definitely a lot more dark and depressing. I kinda have a love/hate feeling for it, but regardless I do recommend it. It was still well written with interesting characters, good plot, as well as hooking, and surprising twists.
Graceling was indeed a good book, although in my opinion parts of it could have been better and it felt like to me she was just getting started (that's my opinion, nothing more, I'm just really happy to find someone else who likes it though!). Fire is the best in my opinion as I agree it's intriguing and I also prefer the main character. Bitterblue...yeah. The twists were very surprising, and it in some ways seems a little more thoughtful to me, but yeah I do remember getting confused at some stages. I'll be able to really get my thoughts out once I reread them and review them. (Either way, I want to pick up the series again and reread them!)
From the top of my head:
-Redwall/Redwall series (no order necessary, you can basically pick up any of them though some will have mentions of events or characters in the other books)
-Dragon Lance series by Margret Weis & Tracy Hickman
-The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear
If I think of any more, I'll let you know
-The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (My favorite author and series ever, which is saying something!!)
-The Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke
-The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (The series is called the Stormlight Archive; be warned, these books are huge!)
-Lord of the Flies by William Golding
-The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
-Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
These are all books/series that I either own or really really want to
Hmm... it seems I clicked on the wrong reply button. Oh well XD
I'll keep an eye out for the other ones, I've been looking for good books to read and seem to be going through a dry spell of books. Why is it so hard to find good ones that'll interest me lately?!