Hello everyone! So nice to meet you!
I’m very new to this whole ‘Use blogging professionally’ scene, so I may not always sound professional. I’m sorry in advance for this.
Anyway, onto the reason for this post:
What would you like to see me post more of in the way of topic/theme/tone? Do you feel once a day is too often? Would you rather I take on a multi- topic format but only update once and a while? Of the types of posts I’ve done so far which are your favorites? I aim to please :)!
I love puns so much. Picture unrelated. But an owl baker would be a cool idea now that I think of it *scribbling sounds*
Today’s entry is only a snippet of a blog because it’s more of a question. Where have all the funny books gone?
I remember when I was little ,and even well into the late 90’s, you couldn’t throw a goblet without it hitting a book making fun of high fantasy tropes, or a sci-fi tale that was more Spaceballs than Brave New World. Everywhere my bright young writing mind was picking up the message that books could be and should be just as funny as any other type of media. The best thing about this unspoken feeling was, at the time, it felt like funny fantasy wasn’t looked down upon for not taking itself seriously.
Now…Well things are a little dark. (I have a running pet theory about books growing darker or lighter , but that’s another post. ) Not that this is bad, but it makes me think. Where are the funny fantasies now? Is anyone still writing them? Did funny fantasy and sci-if writer-dom flee from the cloud of grim dark stories to live like a race of fun loving mole people somewhere underground?
I guess I really need to buy a better internet shovel.
Movies make it look so easy. Action scenes play out like finely tuned dances of crashing cars and flashing swords. But where does that leave the action in books?
Often, I’ve seen action scenes that were only hinted at, or nearly summarized on the page, made into play by play battles in a movie that could take your breath away.
So, I’m more than a little lost about the level of detail needed to make action real to the reader in books. Make no mistake, I’ve read enough books to leave ink marks on my fingers, and bright eye strain spots, sparkling like the Ghosts of Ebooks Past, whenever I look at a computer screen.
But still the right amount of detail escapes me, and I find myself wasting all my time on Google searching for things like ‘How big would a spear and polearm for a ten year old be’ and ‘best way to kill a goblin’
Needed details? Maybe. But I won’t be using exact measurements for anything in my story (because magic) and I know it.
It’s all worldbuilding fluff compared to the big show vs. too much show action scene war.
It battles on inside my writing mind, and the odds are never in my favor.
Often people get a little bit testy over book reviews. The unspoken law seems to be, if you say a book authors’ work is lacking, and you yourself are a writer, something is up. That you are saying under your breath ‘I could write better than this!’ But is that always true? I’m not sure.
I think, more often than not, the hidden message may be nearer to ‘I see where this book could be more, but came up short.’ Maybe the wording is flat. Maybe the emotional connect to the characters just isn’t there for you as a reader. Maybe the plot falls somewhat short and you’re left at the last page feeling, ‘Wait what? You can’t just leave things here!’
What do you think? Can a writer be a reader and have a clear, unbiased, view of books? Have you had books that you just didn’t like for one reason or another? Has a bestseller ever left you feeling not your best?
I have to go now, my TBR pile is calling.