Does contemporary fiction disappoint you?

A comment by Robert J. Wiersema in my local newspaper caught my attention recently. He said “The drawback to being a rapaciouis (now there’s a word eh – my comment, not his) and insatiable reader is that it becomes increasingly difficult to be surprised by a book. We’re not jaded, exactly, but we are realistic about the seeming conformity of the bulk of contemporary writing. Yet we keep trying, pinning our hopes to the next book. And the next.” I’m definitely in his camp… I read so much I’m often disappointed after the first few pages, same old theme, same tired characters, same old, same old. It has to be a really good book to catch and hold my attention. Like The Book of Negroes. His comment was in a review of  the book Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk, which by the way, he highly recommended.

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  1. Dave McGowan Said,

    September 22, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    Most of that conformity is the product of the system. “Joe sold ‘Blah, Blah’ to ABC Publishing and it’s sold a million copies. If I could find six like that I could be rich.”
    Never mind what ‘Joe’ sold. Never mind what has been selling. Do your job. Find a manuscript that’s easy to read and entertaining and go out and sell it. Then it’s the publishers job (with the author and agent’s help) to sell it.

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