09 December 2011

BTT: Mystery or Love Story?


This week's Booking Through Thursday asks:

All things being equal, which would you prefer–a mystery? Or a love story?
"All things being equal" means an equally well-written book, so we're talking something like Love in the Time of Cholera, not The Vicar's Wife and Gordon the Stable-Boy's Rippling Stomach.  And on that basis, I have no preference.  And this is not the false elevation of the aloof, but just a raw lack of affection for either genre in and of themselves.  I am fond of very bad ideological books and high-concept science fiction, but I have simply no feelings about mysteries or romance.

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