Just came from browsing at Borders. I opened a new title by [a nameless well-published author]and began reading, but had to stop at: "...and the leaves whispered to the ground."
And what is this obsession with fantasy and repetition? They're trying to sell the same book with a different cover, over and over and over. In the beginning, Harry Potter was fresh and interesting, but jeepers, don't they know people have limits? Then there's the Harry Potter copycats. It's the Avatar-Star Wars Retread Syndrome--the same worn-out story with different characters. I had the same feeling with LORD OF THE RINGS. Monsters being defeated in all sort of impossible ways. How many monsters before you have a cliche? How many handsome/pretty heroes before the hero's journey is overworked? Too many people have taken Joseph Campbell 101.
If this is all that traditional big publishers and booksellers can turn out, is it any surprise that the big book stores are closing?
I think a return to Realism is overdue.
I watched the '05 BBC miniseries (all 15 episodes) of Dickens' BLEAK HOUSE a week ago. Now there's a story. A bit long and convoluted by today's measure, but it held my attention because the plot twists and turns challenged me and because of the strength and variety of characters (villains too) with whom I could identify. No monsters. No magic powers. Realistic characters with real-life issues.
Prediction: The fresh ideas in fiction are going to come from eBooks, where New York's inbred big publishing gate-keepers are less in control.
What do you think?
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