Books: Art or Entertainment?

In my opinion, fiction authors have one of two intentions when they write a book.

  1. To entertain
  2. To create art for art’s sake

Now, obviously, most authors include a little of both. To me it’s kind of like a continuum with super artsy books like The Color Purple or The Goldfinch on one side, books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or The Princess Diaries on the other side, and the vast majority of books falling somewhere in the middle.

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Interestingly, I think this same idea applies to most forms of art, especially movies and music. Continue reading “Books: Art or Entertainment?”

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The Burnout Solution

I’ve noticed in the last couple weeks that I’m getting pretty burnt out on young-adult books. I’ve always said that it’s not my favorite genre, but I also feel like it’s one of the most exciting genres. It’s definitely the genre that book bloggers promote the most! As a result there are ALWAYS more YA books that I want to read.

So here I am, reading more YA. And getting pretty burnt out.

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I’ve also noticed how badly I’ve neglected some of my favorite genres. I’ve only read one classic this year, and my SciFi shelf is depressingly empty. I always tell my dad, an ardent SciFi lover, that I just have a hard time finding SciFi that appeals to me, but the truth is I rarely take the time to look. It’s easier to just pick up that YA book everyone is hyping. Even though I’m probably going to hate it because I’m so burnt out… Whatever, it’s EASIER!

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