Friday, March 13, 2009

My thoughts on: Book Clubs

I'm not a huge fan of book clubs. I'm not sure why. I love to read. Maybe it's because I don't really feel the need to deeply analyze things I read. Maybe I think everyone else's ideas are stupid. ha. Or maybe I just don't care? I really don't know what it is. Maybe this stems from loathing my 10th grade english class where this is ALL we did and I wanted to erase my eyeballs with the nub on my pencil. Just kidding, like I ever used a pencil in high school. Anyway, and in the end, it all came to nothing except "interesting observation" and "you can interpret it any way you want, as long as you have a basis for it." How about "this book sucks, based on the fact that it sucks"? I kind of feel that subjective things requiring extensive analysis are things that--zzzzzz... See, I lost the energy or will to even finish that sentence.

Or, maybe the reason why I am not a big book club lover is because I would be the Chris Farley character on SNL where he'd interview famous people, and I'd say things like, "Remember that one part where this happened? That was awesome." And that's about it. I'm a simple girl.

So I don't know. I don't like book clubs--EXCEPT when they are held impromptu on the subway train, and last approximately 4 minutes, which is what happened to me a few weeks ago about a book I was in the middle of reading. He was an executive at the corporate offices of Barnes & Noble. He told me this after I said to him I was tired of the New Releases fiction books at Barnes & Noble that were all fluff and nonsense. But I bought the book I was reading there, so I don't think he could be too upset. ha.

3 comments:

Melissa Broekhuijsen said...

Ha ha. I love that you compared yourself to that Chris Farley character (which is actually just called Chris Farley). The best one is when he's interviewing Paul McCartney and he's asking about the "Paul is dead" scandal. He mumbles though his entire question and then Paul answers that yes, he DOES remember that, and Chris Farley responds: "Yeah... that was a hoax, right?"

Classic.

Joel said...

The only good book club is using a dictionary to smash a mosquito.

Rob said...

I don't like it because it's like homework. I hate to read when someone is expecting me to do it. Plus they're expecting to TALK about it at the meeting, so as I read I have to think about what I'm going to say, rather than just sit down and enjoy it. Lastly, they always want to read books with what call meaning or depth. Nobody ever wants to talk about Tom Clancy's "Without Remorse" and how Clark managed to camouflage himself in an urban setting to go after drug dealers and pimps vigilante style! Now, THAT was awesome.