|All I ever read of his was some freebie thing that reprinted a third of one of his novels, promo swag from a conference. I couldn't finish even that. And I like over-description and winding-weirding-exploratory narratives - if somebody put the Cavalli summer collection into prose form, I'd probably read it cover to cover. His was just - it's everything that's wrong with David Eddings and Dragonlance books pushed to the fore and totally unselfaware about it.|
If there weren't really cool, entertaining things in life, I might've finished that sampler and gone on through the series. But, we have Nabokov and Moorcock and Acker and all. There's movies and music and bright summer days in the park with chocolate and coffee, all laid out on the grass and trying very hard to do nothing.
So, how, in a world as cool and full as what we've got, can people willingly subject themselves - sometimes more than once for the same thing - to stuff they know they aren't going to dig? Masochism? Endurance determination?
The only film I have ever walked out of a theatre to escape, was 'Extreme Ops' and I won't rent it again, just to give it a fresh chance. It was horrible, and that's the end of that.
Harold Bloom gets on my nerves something fierce, so I won't be reading anything of his for entertainment purposes.
Even if you're immortal, life's too short.
Which, isn't to insist that nobody enjoy and partake of something other people don't like. It annoys me to no end, when you totally dig something - 'Split Second' with Rutger Hauer, for instance - and someone comes on with 'oh, you like bad movies' or such. Hell with that. If you like it, if you find value or entertainment in it, then it is good. If 'Mommy Dearest' is really funny to you, then it's a good comedy, and if it creeps you out good and proper, it's horror. But it's good if it works. When it fails, when something just annoys you or leaves you flat and bored, that's where it becomes bad.
And, why would you want to subject yourself, knowingly, to that? Is there a need for closure, a surge in group-bashing a piece, that's that powerful?