Friday, October 03, 2008

Thieves and assassins

I've been reading through my blog feeds and noticed the continuation of a trend.

Lots of books where the hero and/or heroine is either a thief, an assassin or both.

With a few exceptions, I hate these books. If I read a blurb that mentions either word (or "con man/woman" for that matter), I immediately turn off. Maybe I'm missing some good books (after all, I loved Robin Hobb's Fitz books) but I don't really care.

Now you might, if you work at it, convince me about thieves. But how do you make a hero or heroine out of someone who kills people for a living? And the whole point of a con is essentially to make a fool out of someone - usually a nice, ordinary someone. As a person who hates feeling like I've been a fool, I'm not prepared to read that either.

Why is this such an "in" theme in books at present?

3 comments:

justareadingfool said...

It didn't really register with me, who has a gazillion book blogs in my reader, but you're right. Those words have been coming up a lot in titles. I don't have an answer. I guess crime does pay. ;)

Personally while I work at a bookstore and do keep up with the current trends, it's not what I read. I read whatever catches my "fancy" and those "in" books aren't doing it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerry, I'm sorry because my comment is not about your last post. The question is that I've just seen your brodery in cross stitch of March the 22nd, Mini Greek Island from Michael Powell, and I was wondering if you would be able of sending me the patterns. Sorry about my English. If it's yes, I send you my e-mail address.
nugarcesra@hotmail.com
I'm from Spain and I've just made four Michael Powell mini cottages long time ago, but I've seen this Greek chapel and I felt in love with it, but I haven't got the pattern. Thank you very much. I'm Nuria

Maree said...

Hi Kerry :) Just to let you know that I nominated you for an "I heart your blog" award ... and I really, really, really do, I promise, have something to send you. But I've been attacked by the procrastination fairy.