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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

Currently reading

Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
Winter's Child - Cameron Dokey I think I've pinpointed why Dokey and this series in general do not work for me. It's just the low quality of the writing and plotting, which is disappointingly lowest-common-denominator-tween-cliche. It's not primarily the tendency to eviscerate the source material, although that does bother me, especially with stories like this that have an actual author rather than being folktales with a range of variant versions. No, what I really can't handle is that these authors are trying. Trying to be original and "relevant," and at least in Dokey's case trying to be meaningful and literary. And she's so bad at it, so obvious in her effort, that it makes me depressed to read her. If she wasn't trying, if this was some throw-away, knock-it-out-in-a-week for extra cash piece of trash, it light actually be entertaining. I would know that the author didn't expect my engagement and wouldn't be hurt if she saw me rolling my eyes. But seeing the painfully obvious symbolism and the 5th-graderesque attempts at literary devices, it just hurts. Clearly this is a person who wants to be a good writer. I can understand that desire. I'm sure if I dug out some of the fiction I wrote in middle school I would find it pretty lousy. But I'm not publishing it, am I? And I'm not ripping off perfectly good stories from Hans Christian Andersen in order to cash in on some name recognition while taking out most of the key elements and characters and replacing them with some Disneyfied simplistic teenage romance.