I tackled (I like that word -what do you think of when I say tackled? Football/American Soccer or fishing? Doesn't tackle have something to do with fishing?) Wives and Daughters, and authors, it's sooooo much fun! Remember how I said reading Daphne du Maurier's writing was like eating dark chocolate? (remember?) Well, reading W&D is like taking a bubble bath. But it's like a monstrosity of a book (huge) so I still haven't finished. But I can't wait to get back to it, which results in this
Now I'm also reading (cause I have to read two books at a time) The Yiddish Policeman's Union, which my Uncle Greg sent to me like a year ago and I STILL haven't read. Apparently, it's this fantasmic book, so I'm kind of excited. (About reading - YES, about READING! *Nancy punches the air victoriously - getting me excited to read was on HER to-do list.*)
ONTO THE ACTUAL BLOG POST!!
Authors, I loved your comments on yesterday's post! In fact, I'll just say it, (CONFESSION!) I love you all. All the responses were thoughtful and went in a direction that sort of surprised me. I was wondering about what makes that 'special sparkle,' but you guys took it to a deeper discussion/thought about subjectivity.
And this was interesting because (wanna know why?!) while some of you didn't feel the same 'OMGSOTRUESPARKLIESPARKLENESSTRUTHAWESOME' that I did when reading Taherah's snippet (I'm linking it again because the words look so lonely, they need a link friend) you all agreed that the writing was fabulous.
(Intersting tidbit: I almost wrote writing as righting. Is that like a deadly sin?)
So, about that sparkle... (I'm calling it that because I refuse to let Twilight put a monopoly on the word! sparkle, sparkle SPARKLE! It's MINE! mwahaha! *cough*) what is it? It's (we now know) subjective, and as some of you said, it might just be magic. - I'm inclined to agree, but I'm a fantasy author -
Here's a link to my last blog post, if you want to read through those comments again. I read through them several times, cause you guys are seriously smart.
(Okay, I started to make this post extra long by like posting what all of you said because it was all amazing, but it was getting super long. But I actually agreed with what every one of you said, from the magic bit to the relatable bit. You guys are so awesome. Here: have a funny - politicians on auto tune. :D )
K, now I'm a bit distracted...
Oh yeah, sparkles.
Why was I writing a post about Twilight?
I will reclaim the word SPARKLES if it's the last thing I do!
All right, so writing is subjective, reading is subjective. But we can feel different ways about a story, even if we agree it's well-written. Interesting, isn't it? Since there's no one answer to the question of what makes a story sparkle (Apparently it's a combination of magic/relatability/relavince/writer&reader chemistry/fairy dust :D) I suppose I'll have to leave that question to the muses.
Authors, what books 'sparkled' for you? Not just books you'll never forget, not just books that are really well-written, but the books that took your world and shook it? One of the books that was like that for me was Songmaster by Orson Scott Card, which I'd definitely recommend. Again, I don't know if it would 'sparkle' you like it did me, but it's beautiful writing about human nature, and even when that human nature is perverse and twisted, it still reaches toward beauty.
What do you think?