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    Do you find older literature irrelevant?

    What do you enjoy about modern books?

    Do you find more controversial themes entertaining?


    I find anything written pre 20th century in any language is of limited appeal... In particular I hate English high society literature. For me I need to either empathise directly with the themes of a novel or be entertained by its sheer originality.

    Interesting topic areas such as, drug dependence, violence, feminism, psychology, sexuality, science fiction, politics, post-modernism, dystopia futures ect are relevant and entertaining to the modern reader.

    A few of my favourite authors:

    Iain Banks - Cultural commentary and pure controversy.
    Angela Carter - Unfettered borderline pornographic feminism and a bit of magical realism thrown in.
    John Fowles - Words fail me... narrative genius.
    Aldous Huxley - Drugs fuelled psychedelia .
    George Orwell - Violent political and social commentary.
    Irvine Welsh - A raw glimpse into Scottish culture.
    John Wyndham- The most creative science fiction writer ever.
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    Iain Banks - Cultural commentary and pure controversy.
    Why did this make me want to throw up a bit? Something about the 'pure controversy' comment... I think it's because any description of someone as 'pure controversy' guarantees they're not going to be particularly controversial.
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    I'm not too keen on pre-20thC either, but I'm trying to love it. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that a lot of it's satire. In fact, so is a lot of modern stuff too.
    If you want controversial try American Psycho
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    (Original post by Mittalmar)
    I find anything written pre 20th century in any language is of limited appeal... In particular I hate English high society literature. For me I need to either empathise directly with the themes of a novel or be entertained by its sheer originality.
    Not all of the world's pre 20th century literature is English high society literature, if anything English writers make up a small segment of world literature, maybe you should try reading some foreign writers? I'm not that keen on English 19th century literature (with the exception of the poetry of the Romantics, George Eliot and Henry James), but French and German literature written around the same time is really good. Hmm, I'd say that maybe with the exception of science fiction (of course, there's Jules Verne, but I just never cared much for science fiction so I can't say whether you'll think he's any good), I think you can find all of the themes you're interested in in good French and German 19th century literature.
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    (Original post by missygeorgia)
    Why did this make me want to throw up a bit? Something about the 'pure controversy' comment... I think it's because any description of someone as 'pure controversy' guarantees they're not going to be particularly controversial.
    I really must apologise if my opinion on an author made you physically sick. Perhaps I did use hyperbole to my get point across but unless you have read the author in question what gives you the right to attack my outlook.


    (Original post by andyyy)
    Not all of the world's pre 20th century literature is English high society literature, if anything English writers make up a small segment of world literature, maybe you should try reading some foreign writers? I'm not that keen on English 19th century literature (with the exception of the poetry of the Romantics, George Eliot and Henry James), but French and German literature written around the same time is really good. Hmm, I'd say that maybe with the exception of science fiction (of course, there's Jules Verne, but I just never cared much for science fiction so I can't say whether you'll think he's any good), I think you can find all of the themes you're interested in in good French and German 19th century literature.
    I'd welcome suggestions of the German and French literature you speak of.
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    (Original post by Mittalmar)
    I really must apologise if my opinion on an author made you physically sick. Perhaps I did use hyperbole to my get point across but unless you have read the author in question what gives you the right to attack my outlook.
    Sorry, I wasn't trying to be horrible, honestly. It's just something about the phrase 'pure controversy' that made my hair stand up on end and I was pondering what it was about that phrase that I really disliked.
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    A lot of pre-20th century literature makes me want to rip my eyes out but there are some books worth reading like the Castle of Otranto, Frankenstein, Dracula and Therese Raquin but other than that I haven't found an author I've really enjoyed.

    Got a pile of books from Bronte, Wilde and Love Peacock waiting to be read though.
 
 
 
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