Books I Like But Also Hate Immensely

Books I Like But Also Hate Immensely
Posted on 03/01/2021
Books I Like But Also Hate Immensely
Alexis Stakem
Staff Writer
22astakem@cvsdstudents.org

Hello friends, and welcome to another week of Alexis using the school newspaper for self-indulgent purposes and forcing you, my lovely knee-pad enthusiasts, to treat my opinions like the hard facts of life.

Now, I do feel like I owe the gang here a bit of an explanation, it’s not that I am ashamed to like the books on this list, rather my enjoyment of these books is complicated , and, if I could, I would change large sections of these books, so as to make my life easier.

You may disagree with me, you may think: “Alexis, you shouldn’t change an author's art. It’s theirs, and you should respect it.” I will say to you that you are wrong, and you can kindly show yourself the door.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I know, I know, we’re tired of hearing about the futility of American dream, trust me, Fitzgerald we get it. We don’t need the weird car metaphors and unlikable characters to understand the American dream fails. In my opinion, Gatsby’s far too intense, Tom is the human embodiment of everything wrong with the world, Daisy is both a bad driver and doesn’t really possess any personal responsibility, and Nick is just kind of there, parroting the importance of not judging people and then judging people. So, after reading that, you might be wondering what I do like about it, and, honestly, I couldn’t tell you. I don’t know if I have nostalgia attached to it, since it was the first “classic” that I read, or maybe Gatsby’s passive aggressive pining and over dramatic actions just resonate with me; maybe, I too, jump out of windows into the pouring rain when I’m about to be reunited my lost love, upon the realization that the whole encounter must be doomed.

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyers

This may come as a shock to many of you given my cool online persona, my unabashed admission to once being a Riverdale fan in my staff bio a couple years ago, and my super cool and funny jokes, but I did go through a Twilight phase in my middle school years, which hindsight 20/20 may be a little bit regrettable- I can have perspective, I’m not blind to what few faults I have.

Now, the Twilight series has a lot of interesting decisions between the Jacob and Renesmee situation and the infamous “Hold on tight, spidermonkey” line, but I have too much nostalgia tied to the series to confidently say I hate it. The same can be said for Midnight Sun, which for the uninitiated is the Twilight told through Edward’s perspective, and oh boy, is it a wild ride. Edward fluctuates between hating everyone else for being generally subpar humans and hating himself- he’s a really diverse character to say the least. Nevertheless, I can see the faults and tiresomeness of Edward’s melodramatic statements, but, again, I relate to him too much. I too am overly critical of my peers only to realize that I’m probably worse than them and cannot even begineven to begin imagining approaching anyone with grace and charisma of Mr. Collins attempting to propose.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Look, you can catch me any day defending this play to the death. I will be on my deathbed telling people Romeo and Juliet isn’t meant to be a love story, and it doesn’t romanticize suicide, but rather is meant to be a tragic, cautionary tale about the consequences of rivalries, hatred, heck just to throw another synonym in here, fueds. That said, it isn’t my favorite Shakespeare play, not by a long shot, at times I find the story boring, and while, again, I will go to the grave defending, they, at times, can be a bit shortsighted. Personally, Mercutio and Benvolio are what make enjoyable for me, they’re my highlights, they’re what is bringing me back to the play, they get me through the unbearable moments where Friar Laurence is present (I know, the whole sleeping potion plan was needed for the tragedy to occur, but surely there must have been a better plan than ‘Juliet pretends to dead’ -surely. He must have seen the dangers in that, and again, I know this hate is largely unfair, but I don’t care- he’s a bumbling fool, and the second he offers that sleeping potion, my hate becomes feral).

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