I have always been leery of what I call, hyper-popular books. Why? Because I often find that these books are short on good writing and long on fluff. Is there anything wrong with fluff? No! Absolutely not and I think any book that gets people to realize that they actually like reading is good. It's just that sometimes books like that are hard for me to enjoy.
I want a lot from a book. I want the to writing to be compelling, innovative, and without any reference to the trite. I want the language to be beautiful and expressive like a violin concerto. I want to be engaged as a reader by the plot, language and substance of the book. Am I asking a lot from a book? Probably.
I resisted reading Harry Potter until well after book 4 had come out because I was skeptical about a book's being able to live up to its hyped-up reputation. Happily for me...JK Rowling is an exceptional author whose language was actually able to do justice to her story and characters. I devoured the Harry Potter books.
It would have been impossible for me not to have heard about the now very famous Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. But...true to my literary skepticism...I have put off reading these hyper-popular books. My sister emailed me last week and asked if I thought it would be appropriate for her teenaged daughter to read. I had to tell her that I couldn't say for sure since I hadn't actually read them myself and that from what I had heard I really wasn't sure it would be a good thing. And so...in an effort to figure out if these books would be something worthy of my beloved niece's time and mind...I have begun to read, Twilight.
I have no idea what to say about that...but...there you have it.
How do you feel about hyper-popular books? How do you feel about Twilight - without spoilers please :) ? Should my niece read these books? What are your thoughts my dear readers?