Alas, my lovely readers, it has been too long. And I say that too often. The problem is that lately I keep reading behemoths, so the time between reviews is longer, and my work schedule is making me steadily tireder (more tired?), meaning that I have to choose between reading and blogging and usually I choose reading. Because really, how can you blog about books without reading books?
The Literary Blog Hop to the rescue! I generally feel compelled to answer, especially when the question is really good (like this week's!) and am thus at least temporarily lifted out of my blogging slump. This week, the ladies at The Blue Bookshelf are asking us:
Do you find yourself predisposed to like (or dislike) books that are generally accepted as great books and have been incorporated into the literary canon? Discuss the affect you believe a book’s “status” has on your opinion of it.
My relationship with "the classics" is, like most relationships, not as clearly defined as one might like and fraught with roadblocks, though at the end of the day we still come back to one another. I don't exactly feel like I should like the classics because of how they're generally viewed, but their canonization does make me feel that I should read them. I pride myself on, at the very least, being honest in my opinions and unaffected by what I'm "supposed to think," but sometimes the conflict between the two does leave me with a slight feeling of embarrassment and even guilt. Why didn't I like it? I must have missed something! Maybe I should reread it (ahem)!
I think I've moved into a slightly different place so I'm just going to drag myself back. In terms of new books that get a lot of hype, that hype can heighten my sense of disappointment. I find that books are rarely as good as people say they are, and if I don't love a book that has been really hyped, I get so disappointed that my opinion is lower than it might have been if I'd just randomly picked it up. This is why I have yet to read Room, though I desperately want to. The fact that it's all hard-cover and expensive doesn't help either (I do accept literary donations).
Do literary hype and accolades affect your opinions of the books you read?