It has been a while since I D(id) N(ot) F(inish) a book, but in light of all the Top Ten Tuesday advice I read about cutting yourself a break and not reading things that don’t make you happy, I decided it was time to cut a few books loose. Shatter Me is one book that I decided I really didn’t want to finish.
A lot of people loved this book and if you are looking for a real review of the whole book, I suggest you check out Lucy’s review.
I was unable to get past page 32 of this book because of the language. To me this is a perfect example of purple prose. I know that some people would find this writing style beautiful, but it made me roll my eyes. Let me provide a brief example. If this is something you dig, read this book. If it is something that makes you gag, skip this book.
“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” (page 26)
I stopped at this metaphor and thought, wow, that’s provocative, but somehow it is just too flowery and too angsty for my tastes. I don’t think I could read this paragraph out loud without affecting a soap opera voice. Ultimately, as much as I was interested in this story, I couldn’t get past the purple prose.
Does language ever make you put a book down? Bonus points if you share your favorite example of purple prose.