I’m no literary snob; from Twilight to Lolita to Ulysses, I’ll have a go at anything. And when I say ‘have a go’, I mean I’ll read one to two chapters and then I’ll decide whether to toss it or not. Kindle samples have really made this vetting process easier, although I sometimes worry that I’ve jumped the gun; that I haven’t given a book a decent chance. Not so for Fifty Shades of Grey- I went so far as to delete the taste test from my Kindle. The author had committed a cardinal writing sin on the first page and I couldn’t forgive her; the protagonist described herself by looking into a mirror. Good Lordy, I don’t have time for that. I also have the bad habit of assuming the voice and style of the authors I’m reading…just imagine what could happen…

So, I recently read The Hunger Games (I know what you’re thinking: you’re judging me. High art, low art, no art…I’m there, because I’m a curious cat). An aspiring author has to keep her finger on the pulse (okay, I know I’m a wee bit late…). I was pleasantly surprised. It was a serendipitous read- I’d just finished The Handmaid’s Tale, the ultimate in dystopian novels. I read Atwood’s early work during my teens and, as always, it was fascinating to return to the text as a woman and a mother. There are quite a few similarities between the texts but The Hunger Games is less preoccupied with a totalitarian patriarchy and feminist concerns. Suzanne Collin’s bestselling YA book reads to me as a clever allegory about the relationship between the first world and the developing world. It is a treatise on the proverbial ‘first world problem’. I’m pleased that teens are reading this stuff in droves.

This post is brought to you by my little friend, the brown fairy…

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Oh coffee. How I love thee.

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  1. I am such a non coffee drinker that when you mentioned the brown fairy, I was looking at the picture of the cup of coffee trying to see a fairy shape on the surface, thinking maybe it was some new version of reading tea leaves! Then I scrolled down and the penny dropped…duh

    • Haha! I’m thinking of leaving offerings beside the front door- the brown fairy just ain’t conjuring the muse Jen! I think she’s terrified of the school holiday ‘crazy’ in our house…

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