Recently I read this article on the Paris Review blog: What Books Impress a Girl.
Rather than add to the conversation, I figured I would add my top 5 books that will never impress a girl. In fact, I’ve received more eye-rolling than amorous adulation from girls when they spotted these titles on my bookshelf:
5. The Death and Life of Superman – Roger Stern. Yes, it’s a book. Yes, I bought this in 92, when he actually “died”. I was quite sad when it happened. Despite that, my partner says, “you’re in your thirties, move on!”
4. Moby Dick – Herman Melville.“Have you seen the great white whale?” Boys like tales of the high-seas, high-adventure, and revenge. Girls… well, they don’t.
3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson. A story about drugs, excess, and finding the American dream? Blegh. Girls do not go Gonzo for Gonzo Journalism.
2. Tropic of Cancer or Tropic of Capricorn — Henry Miller. Isn’t he a misogynist? And, aren’t his female characters mere fabrications of a thirteen year-old boy’s dream? Yes. And, sigh, yes.
1. The Twilight series — Stephenie Meyer. What are those doing on your shelf, next to the movies? And what’s with the Robert Pattinson action figure… I think we should talk…