I recently had a discussion with someone who read my debut novel, Dragonfly Warrior. He's not a friend, but more of an acquaintance. So I appreciated his opinions and objectivity. His big hangup with my book is that it wasn't "heavy enough."
"Heavy?" I'm pretty sure I looked at him cross eyed. "It's 400 pages, so it weighs..."
He shook his head. "It lacked grittiness. Profoundness. Heaviness."
I thought about his criticism for a long time before I replied, "I don't write heavy books. Or profound ones. I write adventure books. My books are an avenue for escapism and imagination."
This reader knew of my English degree and background in classic literature, and it boggled his mind that I was more Indiana Jones than King Lear. And you know, that suits me just fine. I'm actually happy that this person thought my books were too light for his taste.
I have not had an easy life. In fact, I'm pretty sure none of us have. Many writers use their harsh experiences as fuel to their writing fire. Their passion gets put to paper, and they bare their souls through the written word. Me? Life is gritty enough. Heavy enough. Hard enough. The last thing I want is to read a book that is equally heavy. Or watch a movie or TV that pulls me deeper into the pit of our existence.
Not to say that I don't appreciate a profound and heavy book once in awhile. My most favorite books To Kill A Mockingbird is at the very top of my personal favorites list, and I consider it mandatory reading for everyone. (Seriously, if you haven't read it, go!). I go back to read it every two years and get something new out of Lee's book every time.
are the ones you could say are important to our society.
I write the kind of books that take me back to my childhood. Growing up, I got lost in books filled with adventure, mystery, heroes and villains, and conflict. I wanted to be taken to another world to forget about life for a little bit. Does that mean I'm an intellectual lightweight? Maybe to some people.
How about you? What are your most favorite "heavy books?" How about books you loved to read just for pure entertainment?
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Medical sales warrior by day, writing ninja by night...
I am the author of The Mechanica Wars series. The first book, Dragonfly Warrior, will be published in January, 2014 by 4 Wing Press.
I love science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, biographies, and chocolate chip cookies.