(Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful)
I crowdsourced the topic for this week's blog from a writer's group I belong to and one of the topics was to talk about a widely-beloved lit classic that I hate and/or a widely-panned classic that I liked that everyone hated.
The other biggest suggestion was describing my life in memes. But I've been real busy this last week so I'm behind (by a week) in my scheduled posts and didn't have time to look for memes that represent my life.
That'll be fun to figure out though.
But first, some housekeeping.
I've re-vamped my Patreon now with a more feasible reward system and a "Tip Jar" level ($2) where I'll be posting the Eagle Updates that were once hosted here.
That's it, that's the big news.
On to the topic at hand.
I may have mentioned this before, but I was never a big fan of any of my English classes in HS. I remember a few teachers fondly, but all in all, only maybe two English/Language Arts classes in my entire academic career would crack my top 10 favorite classes ever.
(By the way, that's not including my MFA classes because according to the state of Texas, aren't English classes.)
So one of those classes was in 2006, my senior year in high school. I was in the regular English class because of a combination of...no, I'm kidding. The only reason I was in that class is because I forgot to turn in my application for AP English the summer before, and the only reason I did that was because I forgot it in my backpack. In hindsight, I don't think it would have made that much of a difference in the long run as I wasn't a fan of the AP English teacher to begin with.
During one semester, we had to read Pride and Prejudice. I hated the book. I didn't like the stuffiness of the characters. I didn't like the dialogue. The only sympathetic character (Mr. Bennet, I think it was?) gets only a few lines of gold. But of course, it's now a widely-beloved book. I also wasn't a fan of the whole tut-tut-oh-social-graces theme. Yes, I know it was written two centuries ago, it doesn't mean I'm going to enjoy it now.
Another reason why I hated the book was because we had to write a research paper on it with not a whole lot of guidance and too much time spent on note cards/flashcards as part of the research/gathering data part of the project. I still don't understand the logic behind that.
Didn't bother with flashcards before then, didn't bother with flashcards throughout college. Only in prepping for the LSAT did I discover that used right, they could be of great help.
Another book that's widely-beloved by everyone except this here DosAguilas: Lord of the Rings.
Granted, I've only read The Two Towers but I just really couldn't handle Tolkien's rather-dry style. It's weird, though. Tolkien is one of chief figures in the world of fantasy, which is a genre I've always wanted to write in...but I just couldn't get through the prose. Spending 16029 pages on how the ents talked didn't help matters either.
As far as books I like that are panned by a lot of people? It's probably going to have to be Tom Clancy's Ryanverse. It's a mindless political/techno-thriller with a Mary Sue-ish main character but I loved those books. Granted, the last books were absolutely terrible in comparison but those first several books were amazing to me, the budding writer.
Now for something completely different:
I would rather fight 100 duck-sized horses than 1 horse-sized duck. Horses are rather frail creatures so fighting 100 of them wouldn't be much of an issue. Now the horse-sized duck? I'm running from that one. Ducks are mean.