||[Mar. 1st, 2006|12:55 pm]
Books From Da Hood
I finished "Exquisite Corpse" by Poppy Z Brite a couple of days ago.|
I wasn't sure about it to start with, it didn't really seem like my style, but I thought I'd try it anyway.. I'm always pretty open to suggestions, especially if I don't actually have to pay for the book.
I thought it was awful. I realise that it's not in my genre of choice, and that I shouldn't really have expected to enjoy it, but even taking this into account, I failed to like it in any way. I won't make excuses for this book.
Not nearly enough emphasis was placed on character development - little insight was given into the state of mind of the 4 main characters and why they would want to do what they do. A greater understanding of the characters may have added to the plot.
Plot... frail. There are 4 stories running through this book, one for each character, and they converge in the final few chapters. The way in which they converge, however, is ridiculously far-fetched, even for a horror story. The only vaguelly believable part of the plot is the relationship between Tran and Luke and how they feel about one another.
Themes. Love, maybe? Loss? The themes, I feel, were a little lost among the gory details of the confused plot.
And the (literally) gory details? Completely over-egged. The same effect could have easily been conveyed without such depth of detail. However, I suppose this opinion of mine may come down to the fact that this genre isn't really my cup of tea. At the same time though, lots of other writers manage to get the right balance between not enough detail and far too much, and also manage to include suficient character and plot development and strong themes.
Maybe I've missed the whole point...?