I know my next post was to be a brilliant exposition of the difference between showing and telling, but this came up and I had to write. EW listed its top 100 movies, TV shows, albums, and books, and while I have issues with all of them, I’ll stick to books. And genre books, because I’m a genre writer.
No. 5 is One Hundred Years of Solitude. I have no problem with that, but no. 7 is the Harry Potter series. Okay, first, it’s a series. She had seven books to work with, and if that’s not unfair already, between you and me, she should have done it in five. Book no. 6 was a slog. There, I’ve said it.
Skip, skip, Skip. Some I agree with, others not, but there are too many. So we end up at no. 44: His Dark Materials. Read it. Good, yes. No. 44 of all time? Not a chance.
Ender’s Game is no. 49. A fine novel. Certainly a candidate for top 100 in SF novels.
Skip, skip. Dracula at no. 59. Really? Have you read it lately? Dracula is most notable for the fact that Van Helsing didn’t keep Lucy from becoming a vampire by killing her with his indiscriminate use of transfusions from any donor who happened to be in reach. This is especially egregious when Frankenstein comes in at no. 81.
Finally, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is no. 67, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is no. 99. Didn’t like the first, loved the second, but neither belongs on this list.
EW says these lists are in part to generate discussion. I’d like to discuss how the editors at EW need to read more books.