All right, I'm finally going to finish this, I promise. There's only about seven chapters left, so I plan to complete the whole thing by Halloween.
Now I have a question. Once I finish Twilight, what book should I read next so you don't have to? I could, of course, do New Moon, the second "Twilight" book. That would be the easiest book to do, at least in terms of continuity. But I've also been thinking of doing some other books.
The basic criteria for a book that I read so you don't have to are 1) it's famous, 2) it's quite badly written, 3) it's full of weird stuff, and 4) some people take it really, really, seriously. Given those criteria, here are the candidates I've been thinking about:
New Moon, by Stephenie [sic] Meyer
The Old Testament, by God
The Book of Mormon, also by God (and/or Joseph Smith)
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
Pros and cons for each:
Pro: The movie's coming out soon, I know how to do it, I know it would be funny
Con: I would have to read another book by Stephenie [sic] Meyer
The Old Testament
Con: It might offend a lot of people
Pro: It might offend a lot of people
The Book of Mormon
Pro: I know it pretty well, and it certainly fits the criteria
Con: Not that many people have ever read it; a high percentage of my readers are Mormon, and I wouldn't like to hurt their feelings
Pro: I loathe the sophomoric philosophy that's sprung up around the book, and I'd love to take the piss out of it a little bit
Con: I haven't read it, so I only know it by reputation; it's about a thousand pages long; I don't have a copy lying around the house, so I'd actually have to buy one
So what do you think? I'd really like some input. I'm actually kind of leaning towards Atlas Shrugged right now, although doing New Moon would probably be more sensible. Or maybe I could do more than one book at a time, although that would slow me down even more, and curtail other kinds of posts. Or I could even start a separate blog where I do nothing but read books so you don't have to...
What do you think?
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