Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Literary Hop - If Sienfeld was a Book

Should literature have a social, political, or any other type of agenda? Does having a clear agenda enhance or detract from its literary value?
Literary Blog Hop
Chances are that if you reached double digits in the 90's or get TBS you've seen Sienfeld. You know, that show about nothing? I've always had mixed feelings about it. I love Sienfeld when I'm really bored and there is nothing else to do, but if there is anything on, and I mean anything I'll probably switch to that. You're probably wondering why I'm talking about a syndicated show that just won't seem to go away but I have a point, I swear.
No plot for you!

I won't read something about nothing. I don't need each book to have a really strong point of view with clear political ties and a message as big as the Hollywood sign, but I want there to be something. It can be something as simple as how solitude has effected a persons life, but even something as dull as a single person talking about their day to day life as a hermit speaks to how difficult a life like that would be in todays society. Really, I just need a little message, a hint that the author has something at stake in writing their work.  I guess this is my real problem with the mystery/thriller genre. It's more about the author finding the correct formula that will keep the reader guessing but still sound plausible than anything else, and I don't like formulas.

6 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I want a book to be about something but I don't want someone telling me how to live. I want an author to tell me his story and let me experience his tale.

Here's my post: "All a Poet Can Do is Warn."

Red said...

You know, I had trouble coming up with an example of a book without an agenda but formulaic mystery/thrillers! I guess their agenda is "how many of these books can I sell".

Tipsy - tipsyreader.com said...

Try on "The First Cut (Nan Vining Mysteries #1) by Dianne Emley. I was in the same boat as you until I stumbled upon that series... soo satisfying! Emley gives you the who-done-it right off the bat but her writing... ooo it's chillingly good.

Tipsy - tipsyreader.com said...

Or have you read the Monkeewrench series by P.J. Tracy? Those are great mystery thrillers too! And with humor!

LBC said...

I have mixed feelings about Seinfeld as well. I thought it was pretty funny when it was on, but I really can't watch it in reruns.

As for books, I also don't want to read about nothing (unless there is a reason you're writing about nothing...)

Here is my post (and a literary giveaway!)

ConnieGirl said...

Very interesting response to this question! I don't know that anyone wants to read about nothing, and yet not having an agenda doesn't necessarily mean it is about nothing.. Deb Nance said it well, that I don't want to read didactic books.

Thanks for joining the hop!