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BTT: A Plethora of Badness

December 8, 2010

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Inspired by this post:

Do you ever crave reading crappy books?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

This is, by far, one of the funniest posts I’ve ever read. If you’ve known me for five minutes, total, chances are that I have worked in mentioning my dislike of one of two things: Dan Brown and the word plethora. I have been known to discard a book for finding said offending word, halfway through an otherwise enjoyable book. 

Here’s the thing: I don’t like badly written books but I, sometimes, like cheesy books. I’m about to finish my review for Mating Rituals of the North American WASP which is, far and away “chick lit”. Now, that’s not my usual cup of tea, no. However, it was not in need of an editor, thesaurus or plot CPR.

There is a difference between books that are terribly written and books that are written for frivolous fun. So, truly, I don’t think I like “crappy” books. I do, though, enjoy the rather guilty pleasure of reading “easy” or “fun” books when they’re well done.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2010 10:58 am

    I know what you mean about plethora. That and catharsis are pretty much only needed if you’re reading a book about the SATs.

    I don’t share your hatred of Dan Brown – not a major fan, but he definitely falls into the “frivolous fun” category for me.

    Still, my version of crappy is fairly similar to yours – guilty pleasure reading, really.

  2. December 9, 2010 11:31 am

    Sometimes I totally crave crappy books! There are times when, I am ashamed to admit, nothing but a Judith Krantz novel will do, and I happily indulge!

  3. December 9, 2010 12:25 pm

    I don’t crave crappy books. Check out my answer for this week’s Booking Through Thursday.

  4. December 9, 2010 12:45 pm

    Crappy or not, it is based on somebody’s preference in books. Everybody has their own opinions. Head over Clandestine Sanctuary to know what I think about this question.

  5. December 9, 2010 12:56 pm

    The hardest part about the whole question is what does crappy really mean? I love an occasional guilty pleasure book. I do not like books where I feel like I need to pull out my red pen.

    P.S. Not a Dan Brown fan either

  6. December 9, 2010 1:23 pm

    You or I might not care for Dan Brown but does it affect him? No way! He is laughing all the way to the bank!

    Here is my Book Blogger Hop post!

  7. December 9, 2010 2:17 pm

    Booking Through Thursday

    Do ever crave reading crappy books?

    Sometimes you just want to turn your mind off and be entertained. They’re like romantic comedy chick flicks.

  8. December 9, 2010 8:46 pm

    I think crappy doesn’t always mean bad. bad book is one that is poorly written. Crappy can be cheesy. I think I’ll know a bad book when I read one, and might very well abort it for another (better) book. 🙂

    PS. Dan Brown’s is definitely bad writing.

  9. December 10, 2010 6:20 pm

    Good answer! I think there’s definitely a difference between “easy” and “crappy” books.

    I don’t have anything against the word plethora, though!

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