There are some things I'd like to talk about.
The first is James Patterson. I've read all the Women's Murder Club books. I really liked the start to the series but the last several books have just not been that good. More than anything, it's the writing style. (the mysteries are ok) The writing is just really distracting. Now, it's easy to note that all James Patterson's books are written with a co-author. So I'm wondering...does that person do all the writing? Does he do the plotting and they do the writing? Because that's the only thing that makes sense to me. It would also explain the change in writing style in the last three books which I haven't liked that much.
Secondly, I'd like to highlight this bit out of Megan Crane and Liza Palmer's recent conversation promoting Megan's sensational new book, Names My Sisters Call Me.
And I said it before, but it bears repeating: these books are sneered at and trivialized because they are about women. I don't recall any sneering or rolled eyes when I was handed the fifty-seventh "young man reflects on the tragedies of war" tome in high school. Why? Because stories about young men and their explorations of self and their worlds and their relationships with other men are considered inherently valuable. Men are interesting. Men are worthwhile subjects for fiction. Write about young men and their worlds and you will be feted and congratulated and called a "wunderkind," and no one will call what you write anything but literary. How is a Brett Easton Ellis book any different from, say, a Lauren Weisberger or a Candace Bushnell novel: glossy worlds, jaded protagonists, and all? The only difference is this: books by and about women are perceived, as women are still perceived, to be less than similar books by men. I've been reading about the chick lit controversy for years now, and despite all the hithering and yonning about what's good literature and what's not and elitist snobbery this and commercial crap that and blah blah blah, I think it all boils down to sexism in action, plain and simple. We do not yet live in a world of gender equality, and I think this endless argument proves that. Again and again.(read the rest here)
Agree or disagree? I think she makes a very valid point and it's totally interesting to me and I'd love to talk about it if anyone is game.
And lastly, who is going to get the boot on Idol tonight? I think Carly or Brooke.