Our Favorite Comments: May 7-13, 2012

We love our readers, and we love what they have to say just as much. Here are some of our favorite comments from the week that was.

“This is hilarious and informative and envy-inducing. I want HIS job. http://www.ted.com/talks/chip_…

by Thomas Lawson on Open Thread: May 7, 2012


“I have a different complaint about trilogies. I call it “middle-book-of-a-trilogy-itis.” You’ve surely encountered it. The first book of the trilogy pulls us into the world. It’s strong enough to stand on its own because it’s everyone’s intro to the series. The third book has all the cool culminating adventures and tied-up loose ends. Stuck in the middle is the unfortunate second book, which is often fantastic until the not-quite-satisfying ending that sets up for the third book. (Usually, this comes in the form of a new major problem surfacing in the last few pages.) It’s annoying, and almost every trilogy I’ve ever read (even the ones I otherwise loved) suffered from it.

Strangely, I’ve always found quartets and longer series to be less susceptible to this problem. They may have the same characters, and you may still need to read all the books in the series to understand the story, but the struggles of the individual books tend to be more self-contained. Why are trilogies different, I wonder?”

by Glowbug on The Companion Novel: An Antidote to the Trilogy Trend


“Having a library card makes abandoning a book all the easier – you didn’t shell out good money for it!”

by Laila on Abandoning Books with No Remorse


“I think if you go back you will find that each character does have singular origin story or a story that distills what makes them unique. A common element in many of the newest reboots is that they are returning to some of the basic elements of the character. Batman should be about avenging loss, Superman should be about being an alien and learning societal values, Captain America should be a man from another time and hopelessly idealistic. You are right to say that there are many iterations of the same characters but I think once you find the origin story that works for you, the one that breaks the character into his or her most discernible parts, then you can appreciate what so many other creators have added to it.”

by Andrew Gaboury on Craving Simplicity in Superhero Stories 


“I read Crying of Lot 49 in college and loved the whole world-behind-the-world feel of it. Then I picked up Gravity’s Rainbow, and said “Oh, so this must be what it’s like to take LSD…”

by Chris Lewis on Fun with Literary Motivational Posters



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