Saturday, May 13, 2006

On Chick Lit, Good Literature, and Why I Read Both

I read almost two entire books this Shabbos (which is more a testament to the fact that my house is boring than anything else). The two books? The Kite Runner (for the second time) and Shopaholic Ties the Knot.

Those two books are probably as diametrically opposed as two books written for adults can get. The Kite Runner is sad and moving and amazing. Shopaholic is classic chick lit--witty, light, ridiculous. I found myself depressed at parts of Kite Runner, laughing at parts of Shopaholic, pondering how I could enjoy them both.

A paradox? Perhaps, but I don't think all literature has to be good literature. I think people can--and should--write whatever they feel a need to write whenever they feel a need to write it. I think writing is an outlet like no other and sometimes what comes out may be Pulitzer Prize-winning genius, but even if it's not, it still has value--to the writer and maybe even to others.

Writing, to me, is a deep expression of what one is feeling, something that is beautiful in the fact that we can do it, be it in a novel or or a poem, or a blog, classic literature or chick lit.


At 5/13/06, 9:21 PM, Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

i do the same thing: balance out the serious literature with chick-lit because between the heavy stories you need something lighter and fun!

keep on reading! :)

At 5/13/06, 10:51 PM, Blogger Amishav said...

Good for you. Just because you are in an Ivy League school doesn't mean you should limit yourself to only heavy duty tomes about serious subjects. You can and should read humor, and armchail travel and books plagarized by other Ivy League students. There is a lot to be said for variety.

At 5/14/06, 12:04 PM, Blogger Josh said...

Eli - I agree that there is value in writing whatever strikes your creativity, but what do you say about the readers?

At 5/16/06, 5:10 PM, Blogger Scraps said...

I also split my reading time between different genres and interests. Nothing wrong with that. You have well-rounded reading habits. :-)

At 5/17/06, 5:51 PM, Blogger XVI (R) - NY said...

Sure. No reason to be a literary snob. The point of reading isnt always to learn or to grow. Sometimes its plain and simple escapism. And while the shopaholic may not be escapism for me... I was gonna say something about Patterson, but no. I just dont call that literature.


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