This is my first post and I have decided to go with a tribute to one of my three greatest loves in life; literature.
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I see is a bookshelf above my bed and the well thumbed edges of the books which rest upon it.
The novels that call this shelf home are the works of fiction that changed my life.
The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis, Generation X by Douglas Coupland and The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger just to name a few.
The reason these novels have had an impact on my life is that they aren’t afraid to tell the truth. They take pride in removing the veil of obscurity that deceives us with every supermodel driven advert or four chord wonder on the radio.
Growing up as a Millennial (to quote Coupland) means to grow up around computers that change quicker than you can to save for them and to witness bomb after bomb hit a sand covered country most of us couldn’t point to on a map.
It is to grow up with the adverts telling you globalisation gives you the next super thin, breath activated phone (that rarely gets used for its original purpose), whilst the news shows us the true impact of our consumer lifestyle.
The works of fiction I have mentioned seek to show us just how frivolous and meaningless this lifestyle is. How full of ennuyeux we become when we can order things with a click instead of actually going out and seeing them for ourselves. In Britain everyone is going crazy over the new £5 note (It’s plastic. Ta Da!) yet the value of this money is already undermined by online shopping where we can spend our entire lifes savings without holding a coin in our outstretched paws.
When i read American Psycho by B.E.E i am numbed by how relateable Patrick Batemans rhetoric is. His distaste for the consumer lifestyle, shown through his blatant indulgence in it, comes into focus more in the modern day as the volume of adverts on TV/phones/buses/computers/toilet stalls etc wraps itself around us like a blanket of plastic and metal.
There is an important place in society for the novels and authors i have mentioned. They offer a contrasting bulwark from the media onslaught and seek to show us where we’re going, as their generations have been their before. Every carefully crafted sentence, every blank page after an abortion, every half sentence that leaves you asking “what happened next?” all seek to shatter the illusion we’re living in and tell us to find direction.
These are the type of novels that have faced banning or have nearly been banned by the mainstream media and special interest groups. We can not allow things like this to happen.
Stay tuned for more insights, thoughts and tributes to the world around us!