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Hello and welcome to [community profile] lamereads ! Before you post anything, please tell us a little about yourself.

How did you find this community?
What is your favorite book and why?
What is your least favorite book and why?
What are your reading pet peeves?

Date: 2010-09-02 01:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] future_guardian
*Waves to everyone* I'm Future_Guardian and, well, I'm new.

-I'm a newcomer to the entire site (but not to journal-based communities) and this was the first thing I searched for. I love books, but in trying to find good reads I've come across some real stinkers. If I can help one person stay away from bad (or "bad" books; some people are going to hate my favorites and like my most hated) books, I'll feel successful.

-For me it's more a genre/subgenre/type of book than a favorite books. Right now I'm big into horror novels. I like strong supernatural elements and *gasp* I'm not afraid of blood and gore. But I've run into a problem. The big-name mass market horror company is going under (or at least, that's the whispers) and it's super hard to find books from them in stores and it takes a while to get them at online stores. Hey, if anyone has any good recommendations, I'd love to hear it.

-You know what? As much as I'd love to say I like fantasy (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy since that's what I write) I haven't found many winners. I like reading about strong female leads, for example, but I haven't encountered many leads that I'd genuinely consider strong. Also, I do not have a romantic bone in my body and I can't stand reading about "So strong female lead meets hot male lead and they shack up." And don't forget, there's this issue with authors thinking "strong" means "bad attitude". I'd like the subgenres so much better if someone changed the formula.

-Not sure if this counts as a reading pet peeve as much as a book-care pet peeve, but I absolutely can't stand it when people dogear their pages (even though it makes perfect sense) or open a mass market paperback so much that the spine cracks and bends. Maybe I'm weird, but I like keeping my books in near-perfect condition and I want others to do the same. Then again, I'm one of those people that talks about throwing a bad book against the wall.

Let's see. As far as book-specific pet peeves, I'd say the biggest is unnecessary romance. If it's meant to be in that book (say I'm reading a clearly-marked paranormal romance) it's my own fault. The thing is, it's almost a requirement that urban/contemporary fantasy has hot steamy romance and I just don't see the need in most cases.

Date: 2010-09-02 06:34 pm (UTC)
future_guardian: Evil fairy in black and white (Default)
From: [personal profile] future_guardian
Thanks for the welcome! Yep, I've begun a switch from LJ to here. After the latest LJ disaster I thought "Hey, maybe Dreamwidth has a bookfails-esque community. Must check it out." So yay!

Date: 2010-09-02 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] future_guardian
I'm beginning to think LiveJournal is becoming a Lame Read with this mess!

Basically, LiveJournal teamed up with Facebook and Twitter so anything you post on LiveJournal (journal entries and comments) can be linked on Facebook and Twitter. Fair enough initially (this seems to be the way social network sites are going), except that now if you have a friends-locked journal and one of your friends/"friends" wants to repost a comment or an entry, they have easy access to such a thing.

So, I could in theory post a link to someone's private entry on my own Twitter account. If you aren't on the other person's LiveJournal, Twitter, or Facebook friends list you won't see more than the link, but people might see some personal information about who posted the initial entry (I believe right now it's something that says "Posted by Future_Guardian *Or whoever*@LiveJournal").

If that isn't already a bit shady, LiveJournal isn't currently giving users an opt-out option. LiveJournal users are freaking out about the invasion of privacy this could/is bringing about.

At first I wondered if everyone was misreading the information, but then as I followed user comments I made my own observations. First I saw that even after 24 hours of DO NOT WANT! comments from lots of LiveJournal users the LiveJournal heads didn't even bother to respond. Then finally after 90 and a half pages of mostly negative comments someone from LiveJournal posted a comment saying "We understand you're angry. We wouldn't want anyone posting our personal information on Twitter and Facebook..." followed by "We're looking over and considering your comments to us." Let me tell you, my mind was blown all over the wall! If they personally wouldn't want personal information volunteered on other social networking sites, what made them think the users would be warm and fuzzy about it? And also, why couldn't they reverse their exciting but hated changes until they came up with a permanent, workable solution? Well, now there's talk that LiveJournal had been plotting this merger for quite some time and they're only making it sound like "Hey users, spur of the moment deal!"

Meanwhile, I was reading a post on this site that said they'd like to eventually merge with Facebook and Twitter in a sense, but any links to the other websites must be created by the initial poster. So, it may not be for everyone, but at least there's a lot less invasion of privacy.

Apologies for the novel-length explanation. Things are getting weird and a little confusing over on LiveJournal.


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