There are now almost 200 comments on my post from last May in which I asked you to name the books that are loved by everyone but you, and I’m still in awe of the fact that so people clearly needed that confession outlet! It’s been so much fun to read your comments on that post and see how many of you are THRILLED to learn that you’re not the only ones who hated such-and-such bestseller or doesn’t understand the hype about so-and-so. Your relief is palpable! And wonderfully entertaining! So keep those comments coming.
Since confessing seems to provide such relief to so many of you, though, I thought I’d open another vein here and ask this: What award winners really aggravated you, in this or in any year?
I KNOW there are a lot of you who have gripes about specific books or specific authors having won or having NOT won this award or that award in 2008 or in 1997 or… ever. And of course you do! No matter how good any awards committee might be, they aren’t you. They don’t necessarily have your taste, your viewpoint, your take on things. You’re one person, with opinions, many of which you may have been stifling for some time now…? Hmm…? You couldn’t BELIEVE that the Newbery committee would find something of value in X. Or you were horrified that the Nobel committee overlooked Y. You’re still shaking your head over the fact that 15 years ago your favorite local author failed to win your state’s biggest literary prize and your favorite children’s non-fiction author has repeatedly been passed over for a Sibert. If so, purge those complaints here, where you can even do so anonymously!
I’m convinced you’ll feel better if you just get these gripes off your chest. (Especially when you see others chime in with their agreement.)