December 3rd, 2013


Lord of the Flies / Complaining about minor things

For book #50 of the year, I wanted something special. I dug scrolled through my To Read "pile", looking for something different and interesting. Ah ha! I had Lord of the Flies waiting to be re-read. I last read it in high school, multiple decades ago. I remembered loving it so much! It was easily one of my favorite books!

But reading it now... Why in the world is this book a classic? Why are we giving it to kids to read? The writing is so clunky! Yeah, it was written 60+ years ago, but man. The characterization is awful! I have no idea how in the world I loved it so much as a teen. I'm only 20% into it and I'm having a hard time continuing.

Why are we giving books like this to kids to read? Wouldn't something more accessible be better? Isn't it more important to get them to love reading before trying to make them read stuff like this?

Sample sentence:

The shell was interesting and pretty and a worthy plaything; but the vivid phantoms of his day-dream still interposed between him and Piggy, who in this context was an irrelevance.

And another:

"There's less of that jungly stuff; and more pink rock."

It's really hard to get into the story because the characters are just stereotypes. 'Popular boy', 'Unpopular boy', 'follower #1'.

I should have left this book as a good memory.

And now on to the (more) minor part of my complaining! There have been a bunch of friending memes going on, which is great! I've gotten a ton of new people added to my friends list (hi all!).

Now, before I go on: Anyone has a right to do anything they want with their journal. Lock it, set the whole thing private, type it all in hot pink text. It's up to you!

My complaint: When I go through the friending memes and find an interesting person, I want to look at their journal before I decide if I want to friend them or not. It's easier if I look at it before friending -- maybe the person does something that drives me insane, so it's better to know now than to friend and later have to unfriend. But I keep finding interesting people looking for friends whose journals are locked. :/ Sometimes I make the friend-offer anyway, but most often I skip. I worry too much about drama or hurt feelings to friend a journal lightly.

Of course that goes opposite my policy: Anyone can unfriend me at any time for any reason. Welcome to my life, where I make things harder on myself than on anyone else! :P