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AliUK BS: What books would you NOT reread? (114* d) RE: BS: What books would you NOT reread? 30 Oct 03

All the books that I quoted way up there at the top of the thread, I read mostly in the hope that they would get better. I even went back and reread some books that I thought might have gotten better with age ( my age that is), mostly the Hardys because I thought with my increasing interest in folk music they would go down better( they didn´t. By the way I have seen the Mellstock Band and I love their music). I think it is hope that keeps us reading bad books and watching bad movies. Maybe sometimes we can justify them by saying there so bad they´re cult!

I once got into the snobbery of putting down books like Mills and Boone (the British equivalent of Harlequin Romances) and their ilk. Ditto for westerns and war stories ( Sven Hassle springs to mind) and then I realised that any reading that anyone is doing is what keeps the people literate and keeps others writing so that people may one day produce the stuff we want to read. I´m a a fantasy/horror/SF kinda guy myself, which has never stopped me reading anything else and never will thank God, so I tend to find myself at the end of a snooty stare when I mention that I really liked the latest Eddings,Gibson or Bear even. There´s crap in all genres. What I find most offensive though ARE the Danielle Steeles of the world who do produce this stuff through some kind of computer programme. That nowadays keeps on going even after they are dead. Thank Christ that nobody in the Cartland estate decided to do that!

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