When I read a book, it is for enjoyment. Enjoyment does not necessarily involve analyzing for literary style, motifs and themes. I’m still trying to figure out the difference between a motif and a theme. It appears they can be intertwined?!
In my Contemporary Lit class, analyzing, picking apart, connecting, diconnecting, and opining are par for the course (pun intended!). I am discovering that I am not really any good at it and it is taking the joy out of the reading.
I am not looking forward to reading Beloved or Fight Club. The former was on Oprah’s book list and being the stinker that I am, I refuse to read anything recommended by Bishop Oprah. Due to class requirements, I shall have to compromise my rule. Sigh.
Some have told me I will enjoy Fight Club. I’m not so sure purely by virtue of the fact that it is about fighting. We shall see. I must, of course, work to remain open minded. When the class has a “staunch atheist”, a liberal prof., and young ‘uns from Gen Y (or whatever) I feel like the lone ranger of conservatism.
I’ll keep ya posted.