Even though I prefer to think of myself as a pretty diverse reader, when I look deep inside my insides I’m actually not.
The thing is, I HAVE read alot of genres but at any given point, I tend to stick to similar types of books. In Year 9, I was hooked on Dan Brown’s conspiracy theories and this led to Matthew Reilly’s Ancient Wonder series and a whole lot of other conspiracy books that I’m too ashamed to even mention right now.
In grade 12 I was obsessed with the young adult genre. I literally (and by literally I mean non-literally) worshipped John Green and David Levithan and a few other similar authors and couldn’t get enough of them.
Circa 2007 I was hooked on the Star Wars books but not the original trilogy nor the prequel trilogy. The Jedi Apprentice Series by Jude Watson which is part of the Old Republic Era in the Star Wars Continuum. It features Obi-Wan Kenobi as a young padawan and I owe my full-on Star Wars trivia pro-ness (SECRET pro-ness mode) to this series.
But I generally tend to stick to the same type of books. These days I’m basking in the delight of Haruki Murakami, Kazuo Ishiguro, Rushdie, Eleanor Catton (whose book I must try and review sometime) and so on (the type of books these days is Popular and Critically Acclaimed if anyone’s wondering)
So during my recent library stroll I pick this:
Looks nice (who are we kidding? that cover looks absolutely GORRRRJUSSS) so I though why not.
Imagine my surprise when I find it’s a collection of humorous short-stories that are completely, and oh so obviously imaginary and….all written with the PURPOSE of instructing readers on how to write good creative writing.
It’s instructional writing.
These short stories were first featured in a newspaper on a weekly basis and are basically Mr. Hugh Scott giving friendly advise to readers and amateur writers out there on what To-Do and what Not-To-Do when writing. Of course, they’re all spun into some pretty crazy stories so that it’s more or less infotainment but once you arrive at the third ‘Use it or Lose it’ Section which features a new word previously unheard of by most people, you realise, this is more information than entertainment.
NOTHING COULD BE MORE DIFFERENT THAN EVERYTHING ELSE I’M READING RIGHT NOW
But that’s not the only surprise.
The second surprise was when I discovered that I ACTUALLY LIKED THE BOOK.
Yes, Hugh Scott has written thirty brilliant, keen, clever and amazingly humorous stories that grips you by the nose at every page.
Each story written in the same kind of funny first-person narrative and each featuring a Writing Guru who imparts wisdom on our humble (at times) character, this book is marvellous.
Not to mention, the writing tips actually help. I mean not that I can judge my own work but I found the tips easy to absorb and easy to listen to and understand. So they must doing something right.
So to summarize:
1. Don’t ever reminisce to when you made bad, bad, horrible reading choices. Like ever. You will have consequences (long bouts of depressive, reading slumps)
2. I’m probably still kinda into the whole Star Wars universe even though it’s much too big for any one human to try and learn all of it right now. WHY IS THERE SO MUCH CANON?
3. Sarcasm in a title generally tends to be a good thing. Unless the book cover features lipstick, make-up and stilettos. In which case AVOID.