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mephistia

attempting obscurity

I mess around with writing, but deep down I'm pretty sure I'll never actually get published because I treat it like a hobby and not a passion -- I write when I have time, instead of making time to write.

 

When I read, I prefer YA sci-fi/ fantasy as my go-to fiction reads. I tend toward this genre because I read fiction as an escape from the daily drudge of life. YA sci/fi-fantasy usually has more upbeat/ hopeful endings, while adult fiction of any genre (except romance) tends to have more depressingly realistic endings. Sometimes I read romance novels, but I really prefer the type with plot/ character development between sex scenes, and I don't like having to hunt for them.

 

In non-fiction, I prefer history, biographies, psychology, gender studies, social/applied sciences, and law/ public policy.

Currently reading

Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps -- And What We Can Do About It
Lise Eliot
White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race
Ian F. Haney López

Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)

Twilight  - Stephenie Meyer I think my eyes were bleeding a little when I finished this book. It was, without a doubt, one of the most juvenile pieces of so-called literature I have ever had the misfortune to read. Besides the simplistic, predictable plotline and gooey, overly sentimental descriptions, this unfortunate book was also burdened with logistical errors.I read predominantly fantasy and sci-fi, and I love it, so don't try to excuse logistical errors within the genre as, "But it's fantasy!" Writing fantasy and sci-fi simply means that one adheres to the rules within the world. Meyers made it difficult on herself by placing already defined fantasy characters within a real-world setting. When an author does this, the author must remain true to reality while aligning the fantasy aspect of the novel to the predominant reality. Meyers failed in this.Just two minor instances: It doesn't rain that much in Fork, WA. It does rain a lot, but not as depicted in the book, and if you're going to use a real-world setting in a book -- even a fantasy book -- than depict it accurately for the time you are portraying. As well, the scene in the H.S. biology class where the students were pricking their fingers, would not likely not happen. Unsanitary. It is more likely that a biology teacher would request saliva samples. It was a weak construct to further the story.As for her fantasy characters, every explanation she made of the vampires and their abilities left a discerning reader with more questions. This is, without a doubt, one of the most popular books that is out today. I cannot fathom why.