Apr. 5th, 2012

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I was answering a friend's post on LJ and then thought better of it. He posted the article with a notion of Seriously! which makes me think he agrees with it. I started to leave this reply but decided I might want to flesh it out more and make it general post. This is more a rough, unfinished draft.

Adults Should Read Adult Books
New York Times
Joel Stein
The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading “The Hunger Games.” Or a Twilight book. Or Harry Potter. The only time I’m O.K. with an adult holding a children’s book is if he’s moving his mouth as he reads.
I’m sure all those books are well written. So is “Horton Hatches the Egg.” But Horton doesn’t have the depth of language and character as literature written for people who have stopped physically growing.
I appreciate that adults occasionally watch Pixar movies or play video games. That’s fine. Those media don’t require much of your brains. Books are one of our few chances to learn. There’s a reason my teachers didn’t assign me to go home and play three hours of Donkey Kong.
I have no idea what “The Hunger Games” is like. Maybe there are complicated shades of good and evil in each character. Maybe there are Pynchonesque turns of phrase. Maybe it delves into issues of identity, self-justification and anomie that would make David Foster Wallace proud. I don’t know because it’s a book for kids. I’ll read “The Hunger Games” when I finish the previous 3,000 years of fiction written for adults.
Let’s have the decency to let tween girls have their own little world of vampires and child wizards and games you play when hungry. Let’s not pump Justin Bieber in our Saabs and get engaged at Cinderella’s Castle at Disneyland. Because it’s embarrassing. You can’t take an adult seriously when he’s debating you over why Twilight vampires are O.K. with sunlight. If my parents had read “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” at the same time as I did, I would have looked into boarding school.

As a person that used to work in a library, it's a nice thought and it sounds lovely but it's full of holes. Big ones. The Hunger Games isn't Horton Hears a Who. YA books have to be closely watched and parents need to be aware of them and occasionally read them first because YA can be
geared towards someone as young as eleven or twelve or someone as old as late teens, early twenties.

Meaning one book can have magical wizards that make puppies from mushrooms and one can have something far more adult and dark. As in a story my daughter read called Unwind. Teenagers were able to be sold by their parents to be the ultimate organ donors. There bodies were 'unwound' which when I read what was done gave me nightmares for months and I read it because it upset my daughter so badly. That particular book was marked YA, because teenagers were the main characters, trying to survive in the camps they were sent and ultimately dismantled in if someone needed their organs before they turned 18. It should have been sitting on the shelf next to Stephen King or Clive Barker.

So I respectfully have to disagree with you but understand this is coming from a parent that watched every movie my children wanted to watch before them and at least skimmed most of the YA books until they were of age. What you're saying is a lot like saying you can't be bothered to watch a G or PG/PG-13 movie because you're just way too adult and worldly to watch such childish things. Really? You'd turn good entertainment, the chance to learn something you didn't know previously or something that could potentially alter your life for the better because you don't want to look "uncool" because it's marked YA?
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I have no idea why this came up in my recommendations on You Tube. I watched it. I checked what I could to see if this was suppose to be a satire but apparently it's not.

I'm posting it for a couple of reasons. One is to save it, it's very much a complete train wreck. Two, if anyone agrees with it I would be most curious as to know why? Three, the other liberals I know might want to see the complete train wreck and horrific level of insane stereotyping this person went to. It's really completely out of control. I can't think of a single liberal I know, even the more extreme ones, that come anywhere close to matching this sort of stereotype but then again I don't think I know any conservatives quite like the one arguing back?

This person's mind is a dark and scary place.

The tag line for it is a work of art: This scene is a microcosm of how liberals seek to silence the opposition by censorship and leveling personal attacks while avoiding the issues at hand. It further elucidates their ignorance of the issues, their bad habits of changing the subject during the debate, and their wild self-constructed fantasies of the world at large. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

You won't appreciate this tag line as much until you watch it. The "liberal" says the "conservative" shouldn't be allowed to speak and that she "Doesn't Care" repeatedly. And the "conservative" repeatedly says "I simply want to have a dialogue".

Liberal: "That is what MoveOn.Org says. And what I learned on The View and The Rachael Maddow show."

O.O Fascinating how much rubbish was shoved in this poor animated liberal woman's mouth. If it was a real woman it would have hurt.


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