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Vladimir Tod

Question about Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

I generally read classics and postmodern lit. But. A kid I'm close to has picked up this series and is extremely excited about it. He's 14 and has never been a reader. I want to encourage this behavior. He asked me to read the series up no less than four times during our last conversation, so I'm going to give in. I think he's dying to talk to someone about it. He promised me the vampires wouldn't sparkle. :-) Will this be torture for someone who generally avoids YA and prefers authors such as Vonnegut, Robbins, Danielewski, and Murakami? I'm assuming that, being YA, the series is a quick read, correct? Thanks for your input!


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Nov. 19th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I think it will greatly depend on the attitude you go into it with - if you're expecting Vonnegut...well. Look at it as the literary equivalent of McDonald's :P

I think there's something of value in every book, even the terrible ones, and even if you think it's hell on earth, you might be able to use this as a shared starting point to guide him onto better books - once you have read it and can talk to him about what it is that he enjoys in them...

For what it's worth, I think I did read that series in my early teens, and I can't remember it being too traumatic - and I was an odd child already obsessed with modernist lit.

:) Danielewski rocks my world so damn hard, no-one I know understands!
Nov. 19th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not expecting Vonnegut, but there are varying degrees of YA lit. I'm mainly curious if this series falls in the "Chronicles of Narnia" (good) camp or the Trixie Beldon series (bad) camp. :-)

Did you read Only Revolutions? I loved it. Tried to get other people to read it, but I've not gotten anyone to get all the way through it.
Nov. 19th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Ahh sorry, I didn't mean that to sound so "duuuuh, it's YA, what do you expect?" (long day at work)

I can't remember how bad or good it may be - from what I remember it was just pretty harmless - nowhere near the Narnia end of the scale, more harmless-fluff, but I don't remember it being too traumatic. Even if it is seriously bad, at least it will be over fast ;)

Ahh Only Revolutions has been sitting on my floor for weeks, mocking me - I've been being a good girl and resisting so I can concentrate on uni :( I do know a few people who hated it though - they thought it was even more "pretentiously obscure" than House of Leaves - but I'm just crazy about HoL, so I'm pretty excited about it...
Nov. 20th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Lol--no worries. I didn't take it that way. I was just looking for a bit of clarification. :-)

OR is not an easy read, even harder than HoL, but if you stick with it, you start to get the flow of the language. Approach it like poetry instead of prose. And I understand the concentration thing--I'm a full time student and I work full time, so reading for pleasure is a luxury these days! I'm about to have winter break, though, so I thought I'd read the Vladimir Tod series while on break. I think it will be nice to not have to think for a while, lol.
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