So one of my friends invited me to take part in the Book Sacrifice tag. It’s basically a game of Fuck, Marry, Kill for books, only your options are essentially “Kill, Kill, Kill.” Sounds like fun, so why not?
None of these choices should come as surprises; as most of these I have railed about before.
Question #1: Let’s say you’re in a bookstore, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing, but you really hate do you starting throwing at the zombies, knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?
While I was tempted to claim Allegiant or The Painted Girls, I’m going to take a different tact and go for The Collector. So many of the Young Adult bloggers I know are head-over-heels in love with this book and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. Dante is such an asshole and essentially remains that way throughout the book. None of his actions were able to convince me that he was changing for the better as opposed to changing because he saw the writing on the wall with where his currently afterlife was leading him as it were. I’m going to chalk this up to age gap: many YA bloggers are of that age and I’m…decidedly not. I’m Old Enough to Know Better. And such, that makes his book over-hyped.
Question #2: Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel to a series are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?
Allegiant. Oh man. Between the horrific pseudo-science, let down twists and poorly-written point-of-view shifts, this book was so unsatisfying to me on so many levels that I will never pick it up again. Catching Fire was a close second for me; because it felt like a retread of The Hunger Games.
Question #3: A Classic: Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?
This is tough because I really haven’t read too many classics, and certainly none recently. I’d probably reach for Dickens in general, Great Expectations if you pressed me. I just can’t get into the guy, classic status be damned.
Question #4: Your Least Favourite Book of Life!: Let’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You’re trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?
Since I’ve actually already given away all of my Anita Blake books, I’ll go with the first book of the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. i didn’t finish this book because it was just so derivative, so boring and the writing was so questionable that I wonder why this book even exists. It would make for excellent kindling.
So there we go! What books are YOU willing to sacrifice?