Your Book is Bad and You Should Feel Bad

The “Just Don’t Read it if You Don’t Like it” fallacy and other arguments that lack critical thinking

Literary criticism is a good thing. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. We need to be able to criticize literature. We need to be able to discuss fiction. We need the freedom to do that in various ways, including fanfic. We need to adjust our thinking to accept that you can enjoy a work and still find it problematic. We need to see that the world is not black and white, 1-star and 5-star reviews. Something I’ve noticed a lot of people saying in response to criticisms of books is “If you don’t like it,

dispatches from the loony bin / Your Book is Bad and You Should Feel Bad

It’s Not the BDSM

[content warning: description of: domestic violence, abuse, using BDSM as an excuse for abuse, rape] Some of you may be aware that I have a deep and abiding loathing for the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. At first, I was just pissed off that it existed — it was plagiarized from another book series (that is badly written and glorifies abusive relationships, with a fanbase that largely seems, well, pretty offbase most of the time) and yet this seemed ample reason to reward IceQueenSnowDragonFairyFartPrincess — sorry, EL James — with a publishing contract. Oh, and scores and scores of

Your Book is Bad and You Should Feel Bad

EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey shortlisted for UK’s National Book Award; world cries tears of blood

Trigger warning: Fifty Shades of Grey is the romanticization of an abusive, rapey fucknozzle named Christian Grey, and I’m ranting about this shit. I try to be fair. I try to leave room for people whose kink is not my kink, and that’s okay. I’m, overall, not a huge fan of erotic romance, and even within erotic romance I’m not a huge fan of BDSM. This isn’t squeamishness on my part — I’m kinky myself — it’s just that most of the offerings I’ve read within BDSM erotica have not been to my tastes.  (As Katje outs zirself publicly,

Books / Your Book is Bad and You Should Feel Bad

13 reasons this book made me homicidal: a review of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I picked up Thirteen Reasons Why recently because it was on my list of “to read” and it had received much critical acclaim. Also it was one of two books I’d brought with me while traveling (not including the two I read on mom’s Kindle). I figured it might be okay, at least. Allow me to give you 13 reasons I dislike it. And by “dislike”, I mean “hate psychotically.” [TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE AND ASSAULT] [SPOILERS] 1. Support of the “Well, she didn’t technically say ‘no’ so it’s not technically rape, right?” trope. The character who gets raped [I’m