May 25, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: May 24, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This Week's Topic:  Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Anything by Danielle Steel.  I loved Danielle Steel books back in the 80s (her heyday but also the heyday of the brick and mortar bookstore, I think.)  This was clearly before my brain was fully developed.  Steel books rotate around one of three plots, it seems.  Okay, maybe four.  In every one, the heroine is always staggeringly beautiful but doesn't know it and her entire world hinges on a man.  I can appreciate a good romance as well as the next reader but co-dependency and dysfunction, not so much.

The Flowers in the Attic series by V.C. Andrews.  Speaking of co-dependency and dysfunction, Flowers in the Attic was one of my very favorite books as a teen.  I read it and reread it multiple times.  I loved Cathy and I loved the story of her and Chris.  As an adult, I realize their relationship is warped and twisted, nothing else.  Cathy may have been gorgeous and an incredible ballerina but girlfriend had terrible taste in men - - did any of them not commit rape in Petals on the Wind?  And If There Be Thorns was truly awful, mainly because it was from the point of view of Bart and Jory, not Cathy.  No thank you.  (That said, V. C. Andrews was an addictive storyteller and I still love the series although I realize its limitations and non-stellar writing.)

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.  Speaking of non-stellar writing and limitations, let's go right into the Twilight series.  I was most definitely not the target audience as I read the series in my thirties.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I devoured all the books in less than a week.  Addictive storytelling but not the greatest books.  And I hated Jacob in the books.

Go Ask Alice.  I think I read Go Ask Alice yearly as a teen.  At that time, we teens didn't pick up on the fact that the book resided on the "fiction" shelf and it was presented to us as the actual diary of a teenage girl who died of a drug overdose.  The good news is that the book kept me from ever wanting to experiment with drugs.  The bad news is that it was eventually revealed that the book was a complete work of fiction written by an adult (although in an attempt to scare kids away from drugs.)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I didn't read Austen while I was in high school or college.  A shame really although perhaps I wouldn't love her as much as I do now.  I became hooked with the Colin Firth P&P version and set off to read the book, which I adored as much immediately.  Over time I have only appreciate the book more, as Jane Austen's wit and writing ability continues to amaze.  Obsession complete.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  This one is a bit of a cheat because I've never read the book.  But . . . I am thoroughly hooked on the show.  I've tried to listen to the audio version of the book.  Twice.  And gotten bored both times.  Why?  I also have the first book in the series on my bookcase.  Haven't opened it yet.  Everyone seems to love it so maybe it's me.

And there it is.  My list of six because that's all I could come up with.

How about you?


Lauren Stoolfire said...

I listened to Outlander on audio, too, and while I liked it well enough, it dragged.

I've only seen one episode of the show so far.

Check out my TTT.

Lori Johnston said...

Thanks for your comment, Lauren. Glad to know I'm not the only one who zoned out on Outlander - - although I love the show.

Heading to your TTT now!