Seeing as how everyone is always complaining about "meme books", what do you actually read?
>DFW starting to read infinite jest for the past 3 months and dropping it five pages later every time
Hello there lit. I am an independent film maker and am looking for a novel or short story to adapt for my next project. Any suggestions? I am looking for some lesser known works that could be shot with a relatively low budget so no space alien robot operas s'il vous plait.
What are some of your favorite hidden gems that may be begging to be made into a motion picture? Thanks!
i used to love reading as a child but going through the gauntlet of america's public schooling system turned me on to more useless habits during my free time. i'm 24 now and a recovering NEET, (i've been employed for nearly a year), but my cognitive abilities have been dulled quite a bit. i've purchased about a dozen books in past month or so that i start but can't seem to finish.
do you guys just naturally enjoy reading or do you push yourself through what could be a grating experience knowing that it benefits you in the long run?
I enjoy it naturally, but occasionally, I feel like putting a book down. I've learned to push through. Just read fiction that interests you to pique your interest, delve into heavy books once you've fully recovered from K12 education.
Depends on the book, most books I read, I read because I want to. But I also read anything a friends suggest to me and when a friend recommended a read some fantasy series I did. Even though I had no real interest in the series or genre, I just picked up the books and read them.
What books did you start reading and not finish?
My English is pretty good, but I find myself skipping words every now and then. I'm trying to get into the habit of looking them up every time rather than just making sense of things via context. I was thinking about writing them down on index cards or something. Not sure how effective that really is
Do you guys do anything like that? Advice?
study them, do occasional vocabulary tests on yourself, and you'll find yourself able to add them to your repertoire. Make a list of words you want to learn, and break them into manageable sections, and have study weeks, then have monthly tests, and if you haven't gotten a grip on a few words in the test, then add them to the next week's study list. Just like school.
What are the criticisms of Capital by Piketty?
What do you like about kafka?
I got his complete works and I just don't get what makes him so important. I liked hunger artist and the metamorphosis but I don't get why he's considered one of the best. Most of his works seem boring or incomplete to me.
Can you guys help me? I really want to like him
I know all the hate Achebe gets on here for his opinion on 'Heart of Darkness', but I was curious as to what /lit/ thought of 'Things Fall Apart'.
>Yams on Yams on Yams on Yams on Yams.
I'm not so sure that's why /lit/ dislikes him. It's my impression that /lit/ isn't particularly fond of Heart of Darkness either. In general, there's an aversion against the kind of books one reads in high school, be that Conrad, Fitzgerald, Salinger or Steinbeck.
I thought Things Fall Apart was pretty mediocre. The father/son theme was painfully trite. Okonkwo's actions where often ridiculous, and at points, the characterization was hamfisted to the extreme.
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'/lit/'(which isn't a hivemind anway) doesn't hate TFA, or even the African Trilogy as a whole. The worst it gets is people saying it's massively overrated(not untrue), and the more /pol/-minded amongst its critics here attribute this to it being overly praised in academia because of its perceived Africanness.
I liked TFA, but it's probably the weakest of the African Trilogy, for me in part because of its excessive focus on trying to frame the story in the Igbo world. Most characters at times are archetypes(especially the oh-so-tragically flawed...
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Does anyone keep a list of books they have read? I just threw one together and it was interesting to remember some of the book I had forgotten and how high up some books were when I ranked them.
Hey /lit/, is his scifi any good?
>book doesn't have a Latin translation
This joke would've worked if you'd written it in latin
To page ten with thee, try again in 3 months
Why do dedicated reading rooms make me so efficient?
My room itself is very comfortable, armchair, nice lighting, great furnishing, study table, the works.
Still, even though the reading room in my college is terrible (third-world here) in terms of ambiance, I still manage to read in a much more focused manner there.
Anyone else get this?
What is it about a change of scenery that refreshes us so?
I've heard that there's some sort of psychology behind it, that your brain compartmentalizes your environment and somehow recognizes that this is your reading place. Dunno, look it up, but reading rooms work great for me too.
I'm not sure of how this works with reading, but can confirm its true - for example, don't work in your bedroom, because your brain will either tell you that it's a place of rest, or you'll cross your wires and your brain will associate it with work, meaning you won't sleep (which is what happened to me).
OP, maybe your brain associates your uni's reading place with just that, reading, and your home with rest.
Thats interesting and id like to believe it.
So much so that I wont even ask for a citation like those idiots who try to find out if smart drugs are making them focus because of a placebo.
Not a joke
Post depressing books itt
Hardy's Tess, cos its just her being relentlessy tormented by life. Sheesh.
Game of thrones - cos its advertised as fantasy but it aint, k-rist that depressed me.
Moby dick - cos its meant to be a classic but its very very dull.
House of the dead - cos its description of the human condition is correct.
The Trial - cos, well, cos the ending.
Poetry of Jeffer - cos of his abstractions.
I could go on.