I really don’t like poetry. I know that statement will seem blasphemous to my literary friends, but when I read poetry, I often feel the words on the page are too contrived or forced. But I suspect my real reason for not liking poetry is that there’s no story. (Before the protests begin, I do realize that this doesn’t pertain to the narrative or epic poem).
Good stories that are original, complex, and riveting comprise my reading of choice. Of course the material should be well-written, employing the standards of writing expected in quality literature, but ultimately I’m looking to that intricate, moderately paced plot line to move and twist and carry me along into a sea of enchantment, intrigue, or suspense.
I appreciate all forms of storytelling and narrative including short stories, novels, memoirs, and plays. Specifically, some of my favorites in each of these categories are listed below:
Short story: “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant; “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates
Novel: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier; Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Memoir: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls; This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
Play: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams; Hamlet by William Shakespeare