I love books. You love books.
But let’s be honest, some aspects of books and reading suck. They just do.
I’ve told you about my some of my issues in my bookish pet peeves series. The items in this list today haven’t quite reached “pet peeves” status, but they may be getting pretty close—so you could see them again in that series!
Here are few things that irk me, because we all love a good list of irksome things heading into the weekend.
My favorite punctuation is the question mark. I’m a curious, research-oriented kind of guy, so it fits.
My least favorite? The exclamation point. I hate them. Up until recently, I never used exclamation points in my writing. But I’ve recently started scattering them around every now and then to be ironic or to actually show a small amount of forced enthusiasm. I also don’t mind using them in casual writing.
When it comes to punctuation in the English language, here’s what I find interesting–and what must be a nightmare for non-native speakers. You can write the exact same thing and, by using different punctuation, change the meaning a dozen times.
Here’s what I mean. Let’s say you want to make a comment about Jonathan Franzen’s vivacious personality. You might say:
If there’s one thing literary types like, it’s a good controversy.
Don’t let the literary world fool you—they may snub their nose at celebrity gossip, but replace “Paris Hilton” with “Jonathan Franzen,” and suddenly their ears perk up.
I find it interesting that, out of the first 43 books I’ve read and researched from the Time list, the large majority of the novels—or at least the authors—have been through some type of small controversy at some point.
Noticing that trend, I put together some of the more memorable “controversies” or rumors—some of which still linger today.
Let’s hope HBO can do justice to Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, which has begun casting for an upcoming HBO series.
According to Franzen, Chris Cooper and Dianne West have been cast as the Lambert parents, and casting continues for the role of the kids. A few years ago, names like Tim Robbins, Brad Pitt, and Cate Blanchett were mentioned as possible actors in a potential movie. But those guys are probably too old these days. And now Entertainment Weekly says Ewan McGregor has been cast as Chip.
This week, we bring you “101 Books’ Greatest Hits.” Today’s post was freshly pressed at WordPress on March 15, 2011 and has, by far, more page views and comments than any other post on this blog. Many of you might have found this blog because of this post. Here’s the original post. 101 Books will return live on Monday, July 11.
Last week, I posted about George Orwell’s rules for writing, so while I’m finishing book #12: The Corrections I thought this would be a great opportunity to check out what Jonathan Franzen has to say on the subject.
This list came from The Guardian:
Book trailers are all the rage these days.
It makes sense, I guess. The publishing industry takes a nod from the movie industry and uses short, one-to-two minute videos as a marketing tool.
But does it really work?