I came across this article that was simply too good to not share. Like most book bloggers, nay - ANY bloggers, our time is limited. Most of us happen to have other obligations pulling us in different directions. For example, I am a mother to four children and work half time at a public school as a school counselor. I love to read which is why I do what I do in my spare time but I don't have time to read crap. So I found this list on a site (click to go to the site for explanation of each trend that needs to go away) and I found myself laughing to myself. I've added a couple at the end.
I don't mean to offend. These are not across-the-board truisms. But my time is valuable and I appreciated someone else validating some of my own thoughts.
- Lackluster graphic novel/comic book adaptations
- "Self-help" guides doing more harm than good
- Self-indulgent celebrity memoirs
- "Revolutionary" diet plans
- Celebrity authors who just can't write
- "Women's literature" with reductionist views of women
- Remixing the classics
- Assuming genre fiction has nothing to say
- Dismissing all self-published literature
- Self-indulgent anybody memoirs, particularly those with a vendetta. Like the ones that air the dirty laundry on their parents or ex-boyfriend that dumped them. Too one-sided and petty. There are so many but a few that really stick out in my mind is A Girl's Guide to Homelessness, My Lobotomy, Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest and a few others that had stories to tell but get too wrapped up in the emotions of themselves and how wicked and wrong others were to treat them that way. A well written memoir allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions without having to air others' dirty laundry. This is why blogging was invented. Use that platform.
- Filler books for trilogy or sagas. Write a good book, write it well, provide all the information needed to continue, by all means, keep going. If not - please stop. Use a good editor and trust them when they tell you to cut out extraneous information.