Thursday, October 3, 2013
While reading certain highly emotional books recently, I've felt the need to have a little discussion! And it's been so long since I've thought up a discussion post, I figured it's long past time!
Something that I find interesting and worth defending is when we read books that bring out some sort of strong emotion and then we base the "goodness" of that book on the emotion. For instance, if the book made you MAD, do you then hate the book because of it? If the book made you cry buckets, do you hate the book because of it? If the book made you CRAZY with frustration, do you hate the book and deem it a bad one?
Yes, the question here is.... do we judge a book good or bad based on the emotions we feel while reading it?
My argument is that a book is good if it causes strong emotions. And that in fact, this is the very definition of a good book. I mean, of course you can still say you liked it or didn't like it, but I'm hoping you'd still say it's a GOOD book. Am I making sense here? That the very fact that it stirs up strong emotions and causes some sort of reaction for the reader makes it be a good book, and one that you should talk up and recommend around.
So on the other hand, if a book is emotionally dead, perhaps that's a bad book. Now, I'm a little squirmy even using the terms good and bad for this discussion because it's all so relative, right? But I think you get what I'm saying here, yes?
At any rate, I find myself always defending books when people say the reason they didn't like them was because of a certain emotion. And I'll always say... but, but, but that's what made this book so GOOD! Now, I don't know if that's right or wrong that I do this defending thing, so that's what I'm wondering here.
What do you think?