Friday, April 11, 2014

Follow Friday - No One Really Knows Why the Gospel of John Specifies 153 Fishes in the Miraculous Catch

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - My Thoughts . . . Literally and Create With Joy.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it (as nicely and respectfully as possible)

I'm going to interpret this question as not asking for a response involving a warning against a really terrible book. I have read numerous awful books, but the likelihood that anyone would run across lousy books like Pureheart (read review), Seven Wings and the Bleeding Twin Flowers (read review), or really, just about any example of Christian fantasy or science fiction seems rather small. Similarly, warning people off of almost universally panned books like They'd Rather Be Right (read review) seems almost redundant. After all, telling people that you didn't like a books that is widely regarded as being a bad book seems both redundant and uninformative.

Instead, I'm going to shoot at the top of the literary tower and say that I don't like Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Actually, I don't like anything by Jane Austen. I'm sure this brands me as a literary philistine, but in my opinion all of her books are simply putrid. I don't like the characters. I don't find their stories interesting. I find Austen's writing style to be tedious. There is simply nothing worth bothering with in her books. They should be expunged from school reading lists. No one should ever be required to read them. I suspect that if English teachers weren't continually throwing them at their classes and telling kids that they were great works of literature, they'd fade into well-deserved obscurity within a generation because they simply aren't very good. It won't happen, but I can still dream.

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  1. Hopping through. I didn't love P&P when I was in high school but i came to love it when I was older.
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    1. @Alison Can Read: I've tried to like Austen. Really. I've read Emma. I've read Sense and Sensibility. And I found them to be just as terrible as Pride and Prejudice.

  2. Ok...I love your post...but I WHOLE-HEARTEDLY disagree. :) I LOVE Jane Austen's books, as well as many other female authors from the same time period. I re-read P&P every year, and love it more every time I read it. :)

    1. @Ashley Bodette: You're not the first person to disagree with me, and I'm sure you won't be the last.