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I love to read, I read a lot. That's much more interesting for me than playing games on PC. I read lots of popular and trending authors and 70-80% of those award winning books with huge sales worldwide leave some real strange aftertaste on me.
What I'm trying to say - the real love has almost vanished from those books. I mean - love between man and a woman. Before you'd have thought - that I'm a hater of samesex relations - I want to say: no I'm not. Don't like, yes, but not hating. Everybody choose their way themselves. What I really don't like is that most of nowdays books and movies based on them tell the people about only this... kind of slightly unnatural love relations as if there wasn't at least one gay, lesbian or bisexual pair - the book is doomed to fail. If you want it to be selling well, to get lots of good reviews and rewards - you MUST put those persons inside the story.
As an example - read a Sarah Winman's popular book: "When God was a Rabbit". There author united almost all the strange and dirty things together. It started very innocently with childhood memory of a little girl but in the end we have the following:
- Pedophilia acts related to this girl from an old neighbor; - Lesbian woman, a family friend, who loves that girl's mother and their hidden relations; - That girl's brother that became a gay and his sufferings about his school friend; - 11 september incident mentioning, where gay-brother almost died - to put more tragedy inside; - That girl, that became a whore after pedophilia at childhood;
The end of freak circus? No =)
That "nice" family made a hotel and two of their permanent clients were:
- Old strange gay with strange stories;
- That old gay's lesbian friend. The same old;
- That woman died closer to the end, and if you want to ask me what caused it - it was.... drums roll.... it was a cancer! F#cking cancer!Author included here a cancer tragedy as well!; I'm almost laughing writing it =)
All the things popular now and in the near past like those cancer movies and doomed teenagers' love - everything was used here! It's strange for me - why Sarah Winman still hadn't recieved a title of the best writer of this bloody planet yet. Or the best critics' ass licking author of ages.
You know whom I empathize there? The father. The only one normal person there. If I was him - I would've taken a chainsaw and killed all those defective people around with maximum brutality. Or would move to the nearest bar, closer to cheap whiskey and hetero-sexual sluts - everything in order not to see those damned freaks =)
I really miss those books that told me an old, nice and beautiful love story among a pair of man and woman, without popular huge tragedies, LGBT butthurt and alike. My eyes rest now as I read "All the Lights We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr, and there's nothing of this dirt in here. Only a touching story of two persons during WW2.
Those beautiful stories like in "Pearl Harbor" movie or in "Brave Heart" with Mel Gibson. Where're they? They disappeared.
I feel scared for new generations, really. After those books - normal families would seriously decrease in numbers. Not that I care, really - the whole world may die in flames tomorrow, I simply miss those good old times.
Pardon for stating the obvious, but mainstream media always goes with what's trending. And for a couple of years now equality has been one of the trending topics, whether it be racial, gender, or socioeconomic, and perhaps a lot more. There's nothing inherently bad using such topics. I've seen shows that have presented them well. It is what we all relate to after all, author and reader/viewer alike. But there are those that abuse what's trending just to get on everyone's radar.
What I don't get is Ms. Winman's morbid depiction of the story. It's possible it's her way of garnering attention and leaving a lasting impression. I'd probably finish the book just to see how it ends. But I won't be reading any of her other books after that. It's also possible it's the other way around; because of it's morbidity people have flocked to it out of curiosity. Much like what happened to 50 Shades of Grey (I'm assuming here).
As for gender equality, I'm still not sure what my stand on the issue is. I still believe there are only two genders and you can't always get what you wish for. Sometimes you just have to work with what you've been given. What I do know is that oppressing people (whatever gender they think they are) is wrong. So whatever letter you wish to be (LGBTQQIP2SAA), then I guess I'm okay with that.
As parting words, I leave this insightful short video for all of you to ponder on:
I tought you were talking about some Chuck Palahniuk book untill I figured out you were talking about love books. I mean Chuck tries "HARD" to write a book that dark while the author of the book you talk about does it because it is something normal now. Impressive and sad at the same time.
I don't consume anything from the new media for the last 10 years at least, maybe I watch a movie now or then. Usually I can see from miles if a film has stuff I'm not interested in but unpleasant surprises happen nevertheless. The problem lies not only in the content it's just written/filmed like crap. There are so many good stories from the past, check them instead, don't waste your time proving that modern works are not for you;)
Oh I thought you were gonna announce you got engaged or smth
Yea, that's what modern media is like. Can't say the influence on books ever crossed my mind particularly. I sorta-kinda like to read but it's just whatever caught my eye at the thrift store, don't really care for new releases like I would if I'm looking for a movie to watch.
Maybe well hit the summit soon, maybe it's just clown world evermore. Maybe it doesn't matter