Back again for the weekly meme! (Hey, I’ve hit a new record — 4 weeks or something?!)
We’ve all seen the hashtag making the rounds on Twitter: #bookdragonproblems, or #bookwormproblems. But what, you may be asking yourself, are the real problems we readers face?
Wonder no more! Today I present you with the official list…
1. Not liking the new releases everybody else is enthralled with. Okay, I may seem to be contradicting myself, since in recent posts, I’ve insisted it’s okay not to like a really popular author/series. But it is honestly really sad when all of your blogging/social media friends are flailing in extreme happiness over a book that for you is just, “…meh.” Trust me, it results in an identity crisis and the sudden disorder of needing to stay up all night reading this exact book under the covers with a flashlight to assuage your guilt. And then you still don’t like it, anyway. Ugh, the torture…
2. Loving a series until Point X. Translation — you finish the first instalment of a new series and are IN COMPLETE AND UTTER LOVE. You tell everyone you know (even people you don’t like) to read this trilogy/quad/set of totally amazing novels. You buy the merch, you pin a Tweet advertising it, you yell about it in all caps every time you make a new blog post. And then…the 3rd or 4th or 5th book is released, and it RUINS the whole series for you. Either there’s a ridiculous plot twist you don’t agree with one iota, or your favorite character dies suddenly and without justification, or you find out the author in fact supports redecorating the entire Earth with plastic flamingos. And it just makes you throw things and hide behind the curtains and wonder how you can ever show your face in the blogisphere again.
3. Direct sequels not being printed in the same size as the original. This is, quite frankly, an odd decision on the part of publishers. But it happens on a pretty regular basis. And I’m not even talking about hardcover vs. paperback. When you have a bunch of paperbacks from the same series that measure differently, it can wreak havoc on keeping your bookshelves organized. And if that isn’t a tragedy, then I don’t know what is.
4. Cover changes by country. Why do covers have to change depending whether you live in the USA, England, Australia, Germany, France, Japan, or on Neptune? And what if, for example, you like the British cover and you live in the USA, where it isn’t available? ARGH…
5. New editions of your old favorites. See the new Warriors covers below as Exhibit A. White Fang and I LOVE this series, and we’re eager to (read: obsessed with) acquire any new releases. We actually like the new covers for the releases of the boxed sets. BUT it creates quite the conundrum when it comes to making sure there’s enough room on the shelves, and not making the original books feel unloved. (Can you hear that? Does it sound like a tiny fictional cat crying? DON’T PANIC, sweet original illustration, I LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING. Ahem…)
6. Typos in printings that were supposedly edited and proofread. Especially when they’ve come from a big-name publisher that has tons of money to throw at these tasks. It is honestly one of my pet peeves, to be happily reading along, and then there’s an obvious mistake that someone (who was being paid to do this) should’ve caught.
7. Simply the cost of books. Since I’m not an e-reader (I prefer having the copy in hand, and being able to better adjust the lighting falling on the text, etc. — plus I don’t even own a Kindle or something right now), I have to try to acquire physical copies of reading material. And have you seen the price of a new hardcover?! Seriously, why is it so high? Are they funding new palaces on Pluto or something?
8. When the library simply doesn’t have the selections you want. So here I am, trying to be a responsible parent and spend money on diapers and cat food and not on books. My first plan is to contact the library and place as many hold requests as I am allowed between now and 2018. However, the library system is trying to catalogue books in all the different genres, not just my favorites, and they have to spread the budget out a little more. So, it’s just a statistical fact, if there are 10 books on my TBR, the local library will only be able to obtain 5 of them.
9. Wanting to read every new author, title, style in your genre. This makes the conundrums even worse. There’s an awesome-sounding new release that you just can’t afford. Or a sequel that is about to disappoint you in new and shocking ways. Or you never read historical fiction, but one of your preferred authors just published an epic mid-19th-century re-imagining of Puss in Boots as a pirate off the coast of China. And you must read them all now.
10. When a favorite author is no longer writing. When Terry Pratchett died, I literally cried for 3 days. Me, the half-Vulcan. But he was one of the few NT humans I’ve run across who just understood so much. How he wrote, how he presented his characters, his plots, his points of view made me feel…well, not completely alone in the universe. So, his passing was a bit of a blow, even though I didn’t know him personally.
And although I fully supported JK Rowling’s decision to end Harry Potter and only write for adults now, as I finished the last 50 pages of Deathly Hallows, there was a definite sense of sadness not just because of all the fictional dying, but because of the very real end that was coming in terms of publishing the series. Sometimes it’s a real challenge to pick yourself up and go find a new series or author that will fill that hole in your heart.
And there we have it! Any you’d care to add, fellow readers?