Blech. Sorry, that's just not my cup 'o tea. Personally, I read more to escape my own dark & desperate, stressed-out, real-life chaos! Though I do like a little darkness with my escape, it's definitely more interesting, just not a whole book of it.
I mean, just read these titles from Amazon's top fiction list... For the most part, downright depressing!
So, how do these books sound to you? Why do you think readers are drawn to darkness and desperation? Why do so many people want to read these intriguing tales of woe? And many times, they have sad or mysterious endings, far from fairy tale positive ones too. Is it just me? Could be!
Well, here's a theory or two of mine for the popularity of dismal dismay:
- It mirrors life, people can relate
- It shows life could be worse
- It gives hope, if there's a good ending
- It gives insight to others' plights
- They like their heartstrings pulled
- They like to feel hope for the characters
- The triumph is that much more triumphant
And here's a SURPRISE SURVEY - Tell us what you really think.
Now for my SHOUT OUT of the WEEK!
M.J. blogs about the books she reads and the books she writes, the shows she watches, the music she listen to, and only occasionally about her pets. She's also an insomniac.
So writers, who can relate? Check her out if you haven't. Don't miss out any longer!
Since I will be on vacay next week, I won't post again until Aug IWSG. This will also give folks time to fill out the survey... pass it on!
Happy Mid-Summer Dreaming!