I was chatting with a friend recently and she mentioned that she likes the Twilight books. “I know they’re crap,” she said, “but I like them anyway. Stuff like that is a guilty pleasure for me.”
I keep thinking about that conversation, and I’ve come to a conclusion…
She should drop the “guilty” from that sentence.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating Twilight love here. I’m really not a fan of those books. I read the first one and didn’t like it. If you’ve read Day Soldiers, you know I like my vampires to be monsters, not leading men.
That said, I don’t have a problem with people who enjoyed Twilight. Those books weren’t written for me anyway.
I guess my point is this… There’s absolutely nothing wrong with liking Twilight, or any other book. My friend had fun while reading those books. Really, isn’t that the point?
Throughout school, we spend so much time dissecting books that we sometimes forget the point is a good time. Shakespeare didn’t write his plays so they could be studied in a classroom. He wrote plays so they could be enjoyed by an audience.
I’m not saying books shouldn’t have depth or subtlety or layers. I’m just saying it shouldn’t be a requirement and we shouldn’t apologize for liking a book that doesn’t really teach a lesson.
I love Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories, and I can tell you this… if there’s a life lesson in those stories, I haven’t found it. But you know what? I don’t care. I don’t read Conan to learn about the world. I read Conan to have fun.
I admit, there’s some social commentary in my Day Soldiers books. They explore the meaning of good and evil and how society deals with those concepts.
Those themes, however, are not why I wrote Day Soldiers. When I wrote Day Soldiers, my goal was simple: I wanted to create a world that’s fun for the reader to play in.
That’s it. I wasn’t trying to teach any lessons. I wasn’t trying to put a mirror in front of the reader. I wasn’t trying to put a spotlight on any great injustice.
I was simply trying to give the reader a good time.
The “deeper” themes are just a little something extra (I hope). Kind of like the bonus features on a DVD.
Again, I’m not suggesting there’s anything wrong with books that teach a lesson or bring some horrible injustice to light.
I’m just saying there’s nothing wrong with books that don’t. It’s perfectly fine to read for fun.
So what are your “guilty pleasure” books? What books do you enjoy purely because they’re a fun ride? Sound off in the comments and let me know. I’m curious.
By the way, if you want to make Day Soldiers your next “fun book” I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Sure, it might inspire you to think about some things, but mostly it’s just a fun ride.
Day Soldiers Book One
The Book that started it all…
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Day Soldiers Book Two
The exciting saga of the Day Soldiers continues…
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Day Soldiers Book Three
How does it all end? The thrilling conclusion to the Day Soldiers Trilogy.
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The Sneaker’s Handbook:
A Day Soldiers Guide to Killing Vampires and Werewolves
Your ignorance is the Legion’s most powerful weapon.
This companion piece is the manual that Lily Baxter was issued when she was assigned to the Sneakers.
Currently Available at Amazon.