Sorry for the lack of…well, anything the past month or so. I’m not sure what’s gotten into me, but it’s sapped all my creative energy and desire to do much of anything. Anyway, you’re here now for the peeve, so I’ll get straight to it. 😉
Today’s peeve is a quickie. I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading lately, (still working on the Agent Pendergast series, if you’re interested) and one of the books I read recently rubbed me the wrong way. Not so much because the story/plot was bad (though I’ll admit it wasn’t one of the better ones in this series), but because it was extremely obvious the authors had never set foot in the region the book was set in. Also obvious? They’d never bothered to meet any of the people from said region. It’s sort of like all those generic “Arkansas” jokes from people who’ve never actually met anyone from Arkansas or visited the state (which the Ozark region is exceptionally beautiful, and I’d highly recommend visiting if you’re the outdoorsy type). When I read a book set in a certain area, I expect the authors to actually be knowledgeable about the area and give the reader an accurate picture of what the place is really like. I want the image in my head to be accurate. Why? Because sometimes I decide I want to visit a place based on what I’ve read/heard about it, and I can’t always recall exactly whether the description came from a fiction book or a travel show, and I don’t like nasty surprises. I also don’t like “generalizations” of a place based on a stereotype that isn’t accurate for most (or sometimes any) of the population/region. (i.e. Kansas/Oklahoma is all tornadoes all the time, Arkansas is full of trailer trash redneck types, or Kentucky’s population is 100% hillbillies who married their sisters/brothers–see how stupid that is?) Especially because people remember the negatives, but don’t bother to see if those negatives are correct and don’t remember the positives.
Does this sort of thing bother anyone else? Or am I all on my own on this one?
So much for that being a quickie. Sorry about that. 😉 Wishing all you lovelies a fabulous (and creative) weekend! 🙂