(You know you’re jealous.)
So you know how I gave up ice cream for Lent?
… Well that doesn’t apply to popsicles. (YUSSS!!!!!)
Anyway, I’m reading Water for Elephants right now, and while it’s interesting so far, and I’m enjoying it, some parts of it are just disgusting. Which I guess I should have figured out from the quote on the cover of the book:
But yeah. I didn’t get that, for some reason.
- Violence? I can take that.
- Gruesome descriptions? I can take that.
- “Gritty” and “sensual?” Not so much.
Maybe it’s because — let’s face it — I have absolutely 0% experience with guys, but a lot of the descriptions and characteristics of Water for Elephants just really bother me. The issue with this “bothering,” though, is that these details, and situations, etc actually add to the storyline… I mean, if it was just pure sex, I would put the book down and stop reading it in a heartbeat, but the fact of the matter is that Water for Elephants has an interesting plot, and the plot’s interesting enough that it’s keeping me reading, despite the gritty, sensual details. They’re important to the story, and the voice of Jacob the narrator, and the way the entire thing goes over, overall… So even though it all bothers me, I keep reading right on through it all — albeit only scanning the parts that get to be a bit much for my (largely innocent) mind — because it’s necessary to the plot, and the plot interests me.
And yeah. What do you guys think about… well, “gritty” and “sensual” stuff in books? Do you stop reading if you come across anything like in Water for Elephants, or do you not really care?
And now I’m going back to eating my popsicle. Mmmm, non-ice-cream-frozen-bliss…
This is what book nerds do on the weekends.