Recent Reading - More Charlaine Harris - Mo's Journal
Recent Reading - More Charlaine Harris|
|Date:||December 25th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Charlaine Harris
I don't mind the rant at all. My pet peeve with Charlaine Harris is how you have to get detailed descriptions of every outfit her female characters wear. I think that and making them all so attractive is part of the romance novel tradition she seems to follow.
The Sookie-may-be-uneducated-but-isn't-stupid meme doesn't bother me particularly. Sookie's got a big chip on her shoulder over people assuming a blonde barmaid with no college education is stupid, so it makes sense to me that - since the novels are told first person - it's a theme that would recur often. You have a good point about correspondence courses or online education. She does show her as reading a lot. One thing I don't think I've mentioned that I quite like about the Harris books is that her characters spend a lot of time at the library!
I like the "Grave" books best, and I quite liked that she finished the series so definitively in the last one. I mean, part of me was disappointed because I would have liked more of them, but I really admired how she set up a bunch of questions in the first one (beyond the questions in the specific mystery) and then answered them in the following books. It's not a neat ending and not a "happily ever after" one but it has a real sense of completion, which I find unusual and admirable in a mystery series.
I read a couple of the Aurora Teagarden ones and found them okay, but nothing that made me want to read more. I haven't tried the Lily Bard ones.
Anyway, thanks for your thoughts. Oh and I hope you're having a merry Christmas.
Edited at 2009-12-25 02:34 pm (UTC)
|Date:||December 25th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Charlaine Harris
I suspected from the blurb for the fourth book that it might be the end of the series. I haven't read it yet, but given that Cameron turns up, it seemed like a pretty sure call that it was over.
I have just recently been able to enjoy the benefits of a public library again, so have been reading virtually everything by authors I know I can tolerate. I transferred to my local supermarket so my transit time is greatly reduced and I work just across the courtyard from the library now, so it's much easier to get in there.
As far as the looks of her heroines, it's the comments on their bust size that drive me crazy. I do not know a single person who mentions their chest as often as the characters in her books. Or maybe I just had bad luck and caught a couple of books with more frequent than normal mentions at the same time.
It's Sookie's reading that makes the mention of the word of the day calendars grate so much to me. She reads a lot, she has plenty of reason to know the words without having apparently psychic calendar editors. It just comes across a bit as though she's expecting us to be unfamiliar with the words too. That bugs me