Thursday, March 22, 2012

TGIF - Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

Question of the Week: What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?

Oh, that's an easy one - Stephen King's The Stand (complete & uncut edition) and Clive Barkers Imajica (the massive illustrated edition).


Parajunkee also hosts a Social Hop for Facebook and Twitter, which I've taken part in the past two weeks. So, if you're one of those people who aren't on Blogger, or who just don't like Google Friend Connect, it's a great way to keep in touch and follow one another.

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TGIF is another blog hop designed to provide much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by GReads, it's an interesting way to recap the week, pose a question, and find some exposure with a different audience.

Question of the Week: What are some bookish trends you are noticing in the literature world today? Is there a particular trend you'd like to see more of?

To be brutally honest, and I know a lot of readers might not like this answer, I'm annoyed and frustrated by what I see as the two biggest trends out there. The romanticizing of monsters (vampire, were, or zombie) is a betrayal of the bloodthirsty, remorseless,  villainous monsters I grew up with. As for the rise of YA literature, it's really just an expansion of the dusty library shelves I was anxious to escape in my elementary school days (and really have no desire to revisit).

I like books with some real teeth, stories with an edge, and authors who aren't afraid to push the limits of their imagination. Having said that, two trends I am excited about are the continuing rise (or resurrection - it's been done before) of steampunk, and the growing popularity of extreme horror (best represented by the bizarro genre).

13 comments:

  1. YAY!! I do a little happy dance everytime I see The Stand!!


    Come see my TGIF / Follow Friday for this week!

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  2. Hopping through. I've never read a Stephen King book. I really should some time.
    My Hop

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  3. For awhile there Harry Potter and Twilight were dominating the FF's this week, but The Stand is starting to creep up. Third blog in a row I've seen it!

    Brilliant picks and new follower!

    Otherwhere.co's Follow Friday

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  4. I haven't read any book by Stephen King and I don't know if I will in the near future (too scared!), but the times I've seen on my local store they looked long :)

    New follower!
    My FF

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  5. Hi there :) just hopping through...Great choices, a lot of good books there! I haven't read Clive Barker before, heard they were great horror novels!

    I'm an old follower :)

    Here is my choice...

    Feature & Follow

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  6. I've read some Stephen King in the past but not sure which was the longest. Not familiar with the other book. Old follower hopping through.

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  7. Haven't read those before! The only Stephen King book I read was the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden.

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  8. Big yay for someone who isn't too excited about YA novels either. I do like romanticized monsters, though. No Alphholes or anything like that.. actually, when I look at my ratings, it's more like an addiction. I don't really *LIKE* all these books, but I really *have* to read them. Arrrrgh! XD

    New LinkyFollower! I'm so excited to read your reviews now that I read your answer!!

    Patricia // My FF

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  9. Two books I haven't read. I'm hopping through.

    Old follower.
    My #FF

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  10. The Stand is on my TBR list but I haven't had the energy to jump into a book that long in awhile. Maybe someday.

    Hope you'll check out my follow friday

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  11. You make a good point about the romanticizing of monsters in YA literature. I just finished THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST and believe me - those were NOT romanticized!

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  12. If you consider the fact that the version of The Lord of The Rings I read was the one that’s one book with the 3 parts inside (1202 pages in the brazilian version), that would be the longest book I’ve ever read. But if you consider series to favorite 600+ page reads, hands down, Harry Potter. Not so much for the story, but for the feeling it brings me every time I think about it.

    I'm a new follower, btw!

    Maeva
    Murphy's Library

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  13. I never thought of that but you are soo right about that. Monsters are suppose to be scary. What happened?

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