I like to get mildly passionate about books. And here the word “mildly” means SO FREAKISHLY FULL OF OPINIONS AND FEELS THAT I BECOME A DRAGON AND EAT A SMALL CITY AND HUZZAH! BOOKS! FEELINGS! BOOKS! FEEEEEELINGS.
See? Just mildly passionate. I don’t show emotion very well in real life (I’m 94% Vulcan, I tell you) so writing and blogging about things is my number one way of releasing my inner fangirl. RELEASE THE INNER KRAKEN I SAY! All caps! Gifs! Rants! Raves! Anything goes around here on Paper Fury. And it can be about good or bad books. I’ll get mightily passionate about how much I adore a book, like with my giddy review of Demon Road. Alternately I get super detailed over what I felt went wrong, like in my Queen of Shadows review.
Either way. PASSION, right?!
This is why I find “meh” books so suffocatingly infuriating. For me, a “meh” book means I pretty much care exactly 0%. No love, no hate. It was okay, a little entertaining, but didn’t wow me. I just don’t understand the point of the book’s entire existence.
Although, while part of me feels really awful about “meh” books because I’m so apathetic — part of me is relieved by them. Not caring is better than a snarky review and an abysmally low rating, right?
I DON’T EVEN KNOW.
Is hating a book worse than being indifferent about it?
Part of me feels like passion is better — whether it’s negative or positive. Because, hey, at least it’s a HUGE feeling about something, right?!? But then, the other part of me feels bad for any author whose book gets trampled with pineapple prickles. (The writer vs reader part of me wars ALL THE TIME. Gosh darn it, it’s annoying.) And while I like to write the occasional detailed rant over a book, it can be exhaustingly negative and draining. Also it’s just plain AWFUL to read a book you really hate, right?!? Such a waste of valuable time. Sometimes I get SO angry by a really really bad book that I don’t even want to read another book. I just want to sit around and growl.
At least for a “meh” book, there are a few good things about it. So it’s not a complete waste of time…
Of course books are super subjective and my “meh” book is another person’s pinnacle of perfection. (Oh gosh, admire that accidental alliteration.) And I’d like to write a follow up post on WHAT sends a book spiralling into indifference territory for me. Because it’s different for everyone and could be fun to analyse! Spoken like a nerd.
I think I’d prefer to be passionate. It’s more exciting. Although, again, from a writer’s perspective I wonder if a “meh” rating wouldn’t be better? SO I’M STILL MILDLY TORN.