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Have you ever read something that made you feel like a total idiot?
This probably goes without saying(cause' why else would I write this post) but recently I've read a couple of books that at times made me scratch my head and think what the .... just happened here?! Perhaps total idiot was taking it a bit too far but I sure have read things that made me feel like I might be lacking in the intelligence department. I hate it when that happens because I like to understand the things that I read. There are two different kinds of problems that has evoked this feeling in me:
1) A thing I don't understand but that Google can solve for me, that is in many ways a good thing. I like learning new things. The book and I part on good terms.
2) When the writing doesn't seem to follow logic. Thank heavens I'm not the kind to throw things around or my Kindle might have suffered for it.
I will try to explain to you with a couple of made up examples to show what I mean.
I read a book about a girl who loved mathematics and naturally her love for the subject influenced her as a character. Math has never been a subject for me, I'm more a theoretical kind of girl than a practical one, so there terms that I was unsure of. That is a problem that can be fixed easily by a little research so no worries about that one, it's just a temporary feeling of stupidity.
This might be that I really am a bit stupid or sometimes it can be caused by bad editing. I'm talking about the cases where 2+2 no longer equals 4 but something more like 15 instead, totally makes no sense to me at all. I've made up this very imaginative dialogue to show you what I mean:
"I just love your new sweater girl, it suits you!"
"Yeah, I just read this book about a bad romance, so you know.", girl shrugs.
Sometimes I'm willing to bet that this is a slip in the editorial process but when it occurs throughout a whole novel then I'm thinking that there is just something here that I do not understand. The next time I'm picking up a book that gives me this feeling I'm vowing to pass it along to someone smarter than me who can appreciate this kind of writing.
Have you ever read something that made you feel this way?