The times, they are a’changin’

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Pat here:

I’m writing this in the week prior to Thanksgiving so I may enjoy next week with my family. Given all the uproar and hysteria in the romance world this week, I’m expecting to return to an industry in complete disarray. Or perhaps over the next ten days, all publishing will decide to pull up roots and move to Nashville. Or everything will have settled back to normal. So I’ll refrain from commenting upon the gossip flying about and wait to see the results.  Cornucopia (photos of disarray are limited, so this is as close as I can get to fruit basket upset…)

But I will use the lesson of Change for today’s ramble. The world changes every day. We can’t stop it or we would stagnate and all life would die.  If people didn’t change, they’d never learn lessons, never grow, and from my perspective, if nothing changed, the future would look mighty bleak because this world is far from perfect. Admittedly, a lot of change happening quickly can be terrifying, but technology has a habit of creating change, for better or worse, so we may as well get used to it.

Couch It would take a doctoral thesis to relate how the changes of history have brought us out of caves into today’s world, but I’m not much interested in earning a PhD. What set off this train of thought was a book I recently finished reading.  I’d been looking forward to this story because it has all the wonderful topics I enjoy—ghosts and restoring lovely old houses and secrets hidden in the past. I was prepared to curl up in my chair before the fire and spend hours wallowing in delight.

Instead, I almost ended up heaving the book in the fire because the protagonist never changed. Never. Ever. She lived in a state of complete denial for three hundred wretched pages. She wasn’t that wonderful a person to start with, but I’m ready to accept flawed characters who grow and change and take their lessons gracefully. But this one never had an opportunity because she never asked questions. How can you have a mystery without asking questions? It’s insane! Is it possible to walk through life Denial never questioning why? Just accepting that this is how it is and moving on?  Denying the evidence before one’s eyes and believing what others tell you instead?  What kind of dense, thickheaded idiot is that? And even if the character has reason to live in denial, what is the point of writing a book about someone who never grows out of a major flaw? The mystery solved itself, whoopee. Or maybe the ghosts solved the mystery, because this protagonist was too thick to think for herself. By the end, I didn’t care.

Have you ever looked forward to a book and suffered immense disappointment? Go ahead, rant away. I just did. Can you enlighten us and tell why you were disappointed?

And I would relate this to the uproar about vanity press and self-publishing that’s currently searing the internet, but I’m a little afraid the subject is too immense to tackle. How will we find good books in the future if everyone publishes everything on their own? Scary change.

70 thoughts on “The times, they are a’changin’”

  1. Pat, I can feeeel the frustration pouring through the slick tubes of the intrywebs. What is the point indeed of writing about nothing happening to no one?! And how strange to have a plot that marches along with no interference by/with the protagonist, neither affected by the other.

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  2. Pat, I can feeeel the frustration pouring through the slick tubes of the intrywebs. What is the point indeed of writing about nothing happening to no one?! And how strange to have a plot that marches along with no interference by/with the protagonist, neither affected by the other.

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  3. Pat, I can feeeel the frustration pouring through the slick tubes of the intrywebs. What is the point indeed of writing about nothing happening to no one?! And how strange to have a plot that marches along with no interference by/with the protagonist, neither affected by the other.

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  4. Pat, I can feeeel the frustration pouring through the slick tubes of the intrywebs. What is the point indeed of writing about nothing happening to no one?! And how strange to have a plot that marches along with no interference by/with the protagonist, neither affected by the other.

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  5. Pat, I can feeeel the frustration pouring through the slick tubes of the intrywebs. What is the point indeed of writing about nothing happening to no one?! And how strange to have a plot that marches along with no interference by/with the protagonist, neither affected by the other.

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  6. I’ve had some giant changes this year, with a whole new fresh set of stuff to worry about, but I’m enjoying every minute. I even like to move, for what other reason would I have to finally get in the cellar and throw things away, or rediscover that valuable college essay and the naked baby pictures stuck together? I may be off-balance (some would say unbalanced, LOL)but I’m not bored.
    Now, my recent changes have been good, so maybe I’m wearing rose-colored glasses. But even when bad change happens—and I’ve had some of that—it gives you a chance to reassess.I’m lame enough to be of the “turn a frown upside down” school. Society moves so fast you just have to keep up, or carve out a spot where you’re relatively up-to-date and comfortable. I don’t concentrate on all the stuff I don’t know, because then I’d never leave my cave.
    I want the people I read about to be intelligent risk-takers.I want that for myself as well.

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  7. I’ve had some giant changes this year, with a whole new fresh set of stuff to worry about, but I’m enjoying every minute. I even like to move, for what other reason would I have to finally get in the cellar and throw things away, or rediscover that valuable college essay and the naked baby pictures stuck together? I may be off-balance (some would say unbalanced, LOL)but I’m not bored.
    Now, my recent changes have been good, so maybe I’m wearing rose-colored glasses. But even when bad change happens—and I’ve had some of that—it gives you a chance to reassess.I’m lame enough to be of the “turn a frown upside down” school. Society moves so fast you just have to keep up, or carve out a spot where you’re relatively up-to-date and comfortable. I don’t concentrate on all the stuff I don’t know, because then I’d never leave my cave.
    I want the people I read about to be intelligent risk-takers.I want that for myself as well.

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  8. I’ve had some giant changes this year, with a whole new fresh set of stuff to worry about, but I’m enjoying every minute. I even like to move, for what other reason would I have to finally get in the cellar and throw things away, or rediscover that valuable college essay and the naked baby pictures stuck together? I may be off-balance (some would say unbalanced, LOL)but I’m not bored.
    Now, my recent changes have been good, so maybe I’m wearing rose-colored glasses. But even when bad change happens—and I’ve had some of that—it gives you a chance to reassess.I’m lame enough to be of the “turn a frown upside down” school. Society moves so fast you just have to keep up, or carve out a spot where you’re relatively up-to-date and comfortable. I don’t concentrate on all the stuff I don’t know, because then I’d never leave my cave.
    I want the people I read about to be intelligent risk-takers.I want that for myself as well.

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  9. I’ve had some giant changes this year, with a whole new fresh set of stuff to worry about, but I’m enjoying every minute. I even like to move, for what other reason would I have to finally get in the cellar and throw things away, or rediscover that valuable college essay and the naked baby pictures stuck together? I may be off-balance (some would say unbalanced, LOL)but I’m not bored.
    Now, my recent changes have been good, so maybe I’m wearing rose-colored glasses. But even when bad change happens—and I’ve had some of that—it gives you a chance to reassess.I’m lame enough to be of the “turn a frown upside down” school. Society moves so fast you just have to keep up, or carve out a spot where you’re relatively up-to-date and comfortable. I don’t concentrate on all the stuff I don’t know, because then I’d never leave my cave.
    I want the people I read about to be intelligent risk-takers.I want that for myself as well.

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  10. I’ve had some giant changes this year, with a whole new fresh set of stuff to worry about, but I’m enjoying every minute. I even like to move, for what other reason would I have to finally get in the cellar and throw things away, or rediscover that valuable college essay and the naked baby pictures stuck together? I may be off-balance (some would say unbalanced, LOL)but I’m not bored.
    Now, my recent changes have been good, so maybe I’m wearing rose-colored glasses. But even when bad change happens—and I’ve had some of that—it gives you a chance to reassess.I’m lame enough to be of the “turn a frown upside down” school. Society moves so fast you just have to keep up, or carve out a spot where you’re relatively up-to-date and comfortable. I don’t concentrate on all the stuff I don’t know, because then I’d never leave my cave.
    I want the people I read about to be intelligent risk-takers.I want that for myself as well.

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  11. Wow, that book you read got published? How did the author ever manage it? Getting a book published is difficult, to say the least, and I’m wondering how many good books got passed over. Or maybe the publisher likes idiot heroines. Are idiot heroines the latest trend in our ever-changing world?

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  12. Wow, that book you read got published? How did the author ever manage it? Getting a book published is difficult, to say the least, and I’m wondering how many good books got passed over. Or maybe the publisher likes idiot heroines. Are idiot heroines the latest trend in our ever-changing world?

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  13. Wow, that book you read got published? How did the author ever manage it? Getting a book published is difficult, to say the least, and I’m wondering how many good books got passed over. Or maybe the publisher likes idiot heroines. Are idiot heroines the latest trend in our ever-changing world?

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  14. Wow, that book you read got published? How did the author ever manage it? Getting a book published is difficult, to say the least, and I’m wondering how many good books got passed over. Or maybe the publisher likes idiot heroines. Are idiot heroines the latest trend in our ever-changing world?

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  15. Wow, that book you read got published? How did the author ever manage it? Getting a book published is difficult, to say the least, and I’m wondering how many good books got passed over. Or maybe the publisher likes idiot heroines. Are idiot heroines the latest trend in our ever-changing world?

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  16. Definitely frustrated, agreed, Keira. And Linda, I assume the book got published because the writing is otherwise strong and the concept is appealing. But there’s another frustration, I suppose–so many people working so hard to get it all right, and it’s the concept that sells, not the hard work.
    And yes, Maggie, my soulmate, I get bored without change. And I think a lot of things ought to be turned upside down and inside out and inspected for maggots and rot. “G” Which is why I move so often!

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  17. Definitely frustrated, agreed, Keira. And Linda, I assume the book got published because the writing is otherwise strong and the concept is appealing. But there’s another frustration, I suppose–so many people working so hard to get it all right, and it’s the concept that sells, not the hard work.
    And yes, Maggie, my soulmate, I get bored without change. And I think a lot of things ought to be turned upside down and inside out and inspected for maggots and rot. “G” Which is why I move so often!

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  18. Definitely frustrated, agreed, Keira. And Linda, I assume the book got published because the writing is otherwise strong and the concept is appealing. But there’s another frustration, I suppose–so many people working so hard to get it all right, and it’s the concept that sells, not the hard work.
    And yes, Maggie, my soulmate, I get bored without change. And I think a lot of things ought to be turned upside down and inside out and inspected for maggots and rot. “G” Which is why I move so often!

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  19. Definitely frustrated, agreed, Keira. And Linda, I assume the book got published because the writing is otherwise strong and the concept is appealing. But there’s another frustration, I suppose–so many people working so hard to get it all right, and it’s the concept that sells, not the hard work.
    And yes, Maggie, my soulmate, I get bored without change. And I think a lot of things ought to be turned upside down and inside out and inspected for maggots and rot. “G” Which is why I move so often!

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  20. Definitely frustrated, agreed, Keira. And Linda, I assume the book got published because the writing is otherwise strong and the concept is appealing. But there’s another frustration, I suppose–so many people working so hard to get it all right, and it’s the concept that sells, not the hard work.
    And yes, Maggie, my soulmate, I get bored without change. And I think a lot of things ought to be turned upside down and inside out and inspected for maggots and rot. “G” Which is why I move so often!

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  21. Hi Prof. Pat! I was raised to never as “Why”. Why was un-ladylike, ungodly, unbecoming. Change has taught me that people who never ask why are not only useless, they are also dangerous, in quantity.

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  22. Hi Prof. Pat! I was raised to never as “Why”. Why was un-ladylike, ungodly, unbecoming. Change has taught me that people who never ask why are not only useless, they are also dangerous, in quantity.

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  23. Hi Prof. Pat! I was raised to never as “Why”. Why was un-ladylike, ungodly, unbecoming. Change has taught me that people who never ask why are not only useless, they are also dangerous, in quantity.

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  24. Hi Prof. Pat! I was raised to never as “Why”. Why was un-ladylike, ungodly, unbecoming. Change has taught me that people who never ask why are not only useless, they are also dangerous, in quantity.

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  25. Hi Prof. Pat! I was raised to never as “Why”. Why was un-ladylike, ungodly, unbecoming. Change has taught me that people who never ask why are not only useless, they are also dangerous, in quantity.

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  26. Hey, Pat! Tell us how you really feel 😛
    I’ve not run across many books like that, but I have read some. Most end up wallbangers that I just can’t finish. One, yes, I am almost, but not quite ashamed to say, I burned in the fireplace, it was that bad. Which is why I’m not entirely ashamed to admit it, and I only feel that slight touch because it was A BOOK!!! *gasp* But it made much more sense as fuel for the hearth in this instance.
    I am impressed that you managed to finish it though. I can’t read a book in which the characters don’t change. Every morning when I rise, that in itself is a major change. I woke up! How can anyone not change when the author is (hopefully) throwing things in their path to force those changes to occur?
    I’d have tossed it, never to be thought of again.

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  27. Hey, Pat! Tell us how you really feel 😛
    I’ve not run across many books like that, but I have read some. Most end up wallbangers that I just can’t finish. One, yes, I am almost, but not quite ashamed to say, I burned in the fireplace, it was that bad. Which is why I’m not entirely ashamed to admit it, and I only feel that slight touch because it was A BOOK!!! *gasp* But it made much more sense as fuel for the hearth in this instance.
    I am impressed that you managed to finish it though. I can’t read a book in which the characters don’t change. Every morning when I rise, that in itself is a major change. I woke up! How can anyone not change when the author is (hopefully) throwing things in their path to force those changes to occur?
    I’d have tossed it, never to be thought of again.

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  28. Hey, Pat! Tell us how you really feel 😛
    I’ve not run across many books like that, but I have read some. Most end up wallbangers that I just can’t finish. One, yes, I am almost, but not quite ashamed to say, I burned in the fireplace, it was that bad. Which is why I’m not entirely ashamed to admit it, and I only feel that slight touch because it was A BOOK!!! *gasp* But it made much more sense as fuel for the hearth in this instance.
    I am impressed that you managed to finish it though. I can’t read a book in which the characters don’t change. Every morning when I rise, that in itself is a major change. I woke up! How can anyone not change when the author is (hopefully) throwing things in their path to force those changes to occur?
    I’d have tossed it, never to be thought of again.

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  29. Hey, Pat! Tell us how you really feel 😛
    I’ve not run across many books like that, but I have read some. Most end up wallbangers that I just can’t finish. One, yes, I am almost, but not quite ashamed to say, I burned in the fireplace, it was that bad. Which is why I’m not entirely ashamed to admit it, and I only feel that slight touch because it was A BOOK!!! *gasp* But it made much more sense as fuel for the hearth in this instance.
    I am impressed that you managed to finish it though. I can’t read a book in which the characters don’t change. Every morning when I rise, that in itself is a major change. I woke up! How can anyone not change when the author is (hopefully) throwing things in their path to force those changes to occur?
    I’d have tossed it, never to be thought of again.

    Reply
  30. Hey, Pat! Tell us how you really feel 😛
    I’ve not run across many books like that, but I have read some. Most end up wallbangers that I just can’t finish. One, yes, I am almost, but not quite ashamed to say, I burned in the fireplace, it was that bad. Which is why I’m not entirely ashamed to admit it, and I only feel that slight touch because it was A BOOK!!! *gasp* But it made much more sense as fuel for the hearth in this instance.
    I am impressed that you managed to finish it though. I can’t read a book in which the characters don’t change. Every morning when I rise, that in itself is a major change. I woke up! How can anyone not change when the author is (hopefully) throwing things in their path to force those changes to occur?
    I’d have tossed it, never to be thought of again.

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  31. Nina, I cannot imagine being raised never to question. The idea is so appalling that I have to now go and clean my mind out to forget it. “G” I’m soooo glad you got past early training!
    When it comes to books, Theo, yeah, you’re gonna hear how I really feel, within polite bounds, at least. I finished reading the book because I kept hoping there would be this huge Ah ha moment when the protagonist would realize she’s been shutting everyone out and closing herself down and I wanted this great revelation to justify all those pages of wanting to burn the book. But I got a blog out of it, so all was not wasted!

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  32. Nina, I cannot imagine being raised never to question. The idea is so appalling that I have to now go and clean my mind out to forget it. “G” I’m soooo glad you got past early training!
    When it comes to books, Theo, yeah, you’re gonna hear how I really feel, within polite bounds, at least. I finished reading the book because I kept hoping there would be this huge Ah ha moment when the protagonist would realize she’s been shutting everyone out and closing herself down and I wanted this great revelation to justify all those pages of wanting to burn the book. But I got a blog out of it, so all was not wasted!

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  33. Nina, I cannot imagine being raised never to question. The idea is so appalling that I have to now go and clean my mind out to forget it. “G” I’m soooo glad you got past early training!
    When it comes to books, Theo, yeah, you’re gonna hear how I really feel, within polite bounds, at least. I finished reading the book because I kept hoping there would be this huge Ah ha moment when the protagonist would realize she’s been shutting everyone out and closing herself down and I wanted this great revelation to justify all those pages of wanting to burn the book. But I got a blog out of it, so all was not wasted!

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  34. Nina, I cannot imagine being raised never to question. The idea is so appalling that I have to now go and clean my mind out to forget it. “G” I’m soooo glad you got past early training!
    When it comes to books, Theo, yeah, you’re gonna hear how I really feel, within polite bounds, at least. I finished reading the book because I kept hoping there would be this huge Ah ha moment when the protagonist would realize she’s been shutting everyone out and closing herself down and I wanted this great revelation to justify all those pages of wanting to burn the book. But I got a blog out of it, so all was not wasted!

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  35. Nina, I cannot imagine being raised never to question. The idea is so appalling that I have to now go and clean my mind out to forget it. “G” I’m soooo glad you got past early training!
    When it comes to books, Theo, yeah, you’re gonna hear how I really feel, within polite bounds, at least. I finished reading the book because I kept hoping there would be this huge Ah ha moment when the protagonist would realize she’s been shutting everyone out and closing herself down and I wanted this great revelation to justify all those pages of wanting to burn the book. But I got a blog out of it, so all was not wasted!

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  36. One thing writers tend to have in common is that we ask a lot of questions because we are endlessly curious. Of course, that’s not the same as loving change.
    But as you say, change is inevitable (THOUGH WHY DID COMCAST HAVE TO GO HD AND FORCE NEW EQUIPMENT ON US?????). And once I get through seeing the losses caused by change, I can start appreciating the good things the change brought. I don’t think there is any way this can happen without ruffling our feathers.
    MaryJo

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  37. One thing writers tend to have in common is that we ask a lot of questions because we are endlessly curious. Of course, that’s not the same as loving change.
    But as you say, change is inevitable (THOUGH WHY DID COMCAST HAVE TO GO HD AND FORCE NEW EQUIPMENT ON US?????). And once I get through seeing the losses caused by change, I can start appreciating the good things the change brought. I don’t think there is any way this can happen without ruffling our feathers.
    MaryJo

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  38. One thing writers tend to have in common is that we ask a lot of questions because we are endlessly curious. Of course, that’s not the same as loving change.
    But as you say, change is inevitable (THOUGH WHY DID COMCAST HAVE TO GO HD AND FORCE NEW EQUIPMENT ON US?????). And once I get through seeing the losses caused by change, I can start appreciating the good things the change brought. I don’t think there is any way this can happen without ruffling our feathers.
    MaryJo

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  39. One thing writers tend to have in common is that we ask a lot of questions because we are endlessly curious. Of course, that’s not the same as loving change.
    But as you say, change is inevitable (THOUGH WHY DID COMCAST HAVE TO GO HD AND FORCE NEW EQUIPMENT ON US?????). And once I get through seeing the losses caused by change, I can start appreciating the good things the change brought. I don’t think there is any way this can happen without ruffling our feathers.
    MaryJo

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  40. One thing writers tend to have in common is that we ask a lot of questions because we are endlessly curious. Of course, that’s not the same as loving change.
    But as you say, change is inevitable (THOUGH WHY DID COMCAST HAVE TO GO HD AND FORCE NEW EQUIPMENT ON US?????). And once I get through seeing the losses caused by change, I can start appreciating the good things the change brought. I don’t think there is any way this can happen without ruffling our feathers.
    MaryJo

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  41. Mary Jo, I like HD. I can count David Tennant’s freckles 😉 More to the point, I can read the product descriptions on QVC 😉 Movies look great. It’s a good thing. You can always watch TCM HD where the movies don’t look any different than before.
    I’m reading the latest Jack McDevitt at the moment, and in his Benedict & Kolpath books, set in the far future, people are watching sims but they’re still reading novels. Maybe things won’t change all that much after all.
    Patricia, your problem with the book sounds much like consumer rage in that what you were looking for was not what you got. You wanted an entertaining suspense read with a certain arc and what you got was a character study of an uninteresting woman who couldn’t be changed. Doesn’t mean the character was invalid, it means the book was mislabeled. Get your money back.

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  42. Mary Jo, I like HD. I can count David Tennant’s freckles 😉 More to the point, I can read the product descriptions on QVC 😉 Movies look great. It’s a good thing. You can always watch TCM HD where the movies don’t look any different than before.
    I’m reading the latest Jack McDevitt at the moment, and in his Benedict & Kolpath books, set in the far future, people are watching sims but they’re still reading novels. Maybe things won’t change all that much after all.
    Patricia, your problem with the book sounds much like consumer rage in that what you were looking for was not what you got. You wanted an entertaining suspense read with a certain arc and what you got was a character study of an uninteresting woman who couldn’t be changed. Doesn’t mean the character was invalid, it means the book was mislabeled. Get your money back.

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  43. Mary Jo, I like HD. I can count David Tennant’s freckles 😉 More to the point, I can read the product descriptions on QVC 😉 Movies look great. It’s a good thing. You can always watch TCM HD where the movies don’t look any different than before.
    I’m reading the latest Jack McDevitt at the moment, and in his Benedict & Kolpath books, set in the far future, people are watching sims but they’re still reading novels. Maybe things won’t change all that much after all.
    Patricia, your problem with the book sounds much like consumer rage in that what you were looking for was not what you got. You wanted an entertaining suspense read with a certain arc and what you got was a character study of an uninteresting woman who couldn’t be changed. Doesn’t mean the character was invalid, it means the book was mislabeled. Get your money back.

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  44. Mary Jo, I like HD. I can count David Tennant’s freckles 😉 More to the point, I can read the product descriptions on QVC 😉 Movies look great. It’s a good thing. You can always watch TCM HD where the movies don’t look any different than before.
    I’m reading the latest Jack McDevitt at the moment, and in his Benedict & Kolpath books, set in the far future, people are watching sims but they’re still reading novels. Maybe things won’t change all that much after all.
    Patricia, your problem with the book sounds much like consumer rage in that what you were looking for was not what you got. You wanted an entertaining suspense read with a certain arc and what you got was a character study of an uninteresting woman who couldn’t be changed. Doesn’t mean the character was invalid, it means the book was mislabeled. Get your money back.

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  45. Mary Jo, I like HD. I can count David Tennant’s freckles 😉 More to the point, I can read the product descriptions on QVC 😉 Movies look great. It’s a good thing. You can always watch TCM HD where the movies don’t look any different than before.
    I’m reading the latest Jack McDevitt at the moment, and in his Benedict & Kolpath books, set in the far future, people are watching sims but they’re still reading novels. Maybe things won’t change all that much after all.
    Patricia, your problem with the book sounds much like consumer rage in that what you were looking for was not what you got. You wanted an entertaining suspense read with a certain arc and what you got was a character study of an uninteresting woman who couldn’t be changed. Doesn’t mean the character was invalid, it means the book was mislabeled. Get your money back.

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  46. Personally, I can’t tell if a channel is HD or not, but then, I usually have my nose in a book. “G”
    Janice, you could be right. The book wasn’t mislabeled since it was classified mystery, and there was a mystery. I just assumed the protagonist would solve it! Silly me.

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  47. Personally, I can’t tell if a channel is HD or not, but then, I usually have my nose in a book. “G”
    Janice, you could be right. The book wasn’t mislabeled since it was classified mystery, and there was a mystery. I just assumed the protagonist would solve it! Silly me.

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  48. Personally, I can’t tell if a channel is HD or not, but then, I usually have my nose in a book. “G”
    Janice, you could be right. The book wasn’t mislabeled since it was classified mystery, and there was a mystery. I just assumed the protagonist would solve it! Silly me.

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  49. Personally, I can’t tell if a channel is HD or not, but then, I usually have my nose in a book. “G”
    Janice, you could be right. The book wasn’t mislabeled since it was classified mystery, and there was a mystery. I just assumed the protagonist would solve it! Silly me.

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  50. Personally, I can’t tell if a channel is HD or not, but then, I usually have my nose in a book. “G”
    Janice, you could be right. The book wasn’t mislabeled since it was classified mystery, and there was a mystery. I just assumed the protagonist would solve it! Silly me.

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  51. I don’t mind change if it doesn’t cost me money…can anyone say VHS? What am I supposed to do with all those classic movies I collected over the years, buy DVD’s to replace them…can anyone say Blue-Ray? AAAKKK
    As far as burning a book, wouldn’t do it, I’d just put it in the yard sale and there have been quite a few DNF that I’ve done that to.

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  52. I don’t mind change if it doesn’t cost me money…can anyone say VHS? What am I supposed to do with all those classic movies I collected over the years, buy DVD’s to replace them…can anyone say Blue-Ray? AAAKKK
    As far as burning a book, wouldn’t do it, I’d just put it in the yard sale and there have been quite a few DNF that I’ve done that to.

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  53. I don’t mind change if it doesn’t cost me money…can anyone say VHS? What am I supposed to do with all those classic movies I collected over the years, buy DVD’s to replace them…can anyone say Blue-Ray? AAAKKK
    As far as burning a book, wouldn’t do it, I’d just put it in the yard sale and there have been quite a few DNF that I’ve done that to.

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  54. I don’t mind change if it doesn’t cost me money…can anyone say VHS? What am I supposed to do with all those classic movies I collected over the years, buy DVD’s to replace them…can anyone say Blue-Ray? AAAKKK
    As far as burning a book, wouldn’t do it, I’d just put it in the yard sale and there have been quite a few DNF that I’ve done that to.

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  55. I don’t mind change if it doesn’t cost me money…can anyone say VHS? What am I supposed to do with all those classic movies I collected over the years, buy DVD’s to replace them…can anyone say Blue-Ray? AAAKKK
    As far as burning a book, wouldn’t do it, I’d just put it in the yard sale and there have been quite a few DNF that I’ve done that to.

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  56. I recently read a book in which the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING was extremely solvable, and the heroine was TSTL. It was frustrating, but the writer has gone on to create some wonderful books. So there was change, but in the writer’s skill, not this early book.
    And HD will be surpassed by 3D in the near future. We’ll all be wearing those stupid glasses and loving it.

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  57. I recently read a book in which the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING was extremely solvable, and the heroine was TSTL. It was frustrating, but the writer has gone on to create some wonderful books. So there was change, but in the writer’s skill, not this early book.
    And HD will be surpassed by 3D in the near future. We’ll all be wearing those stupid glasses and loving it.

    Reply
  58. I recently read a book in which the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING was extremely solvable, and the heroine was TSTL. It was frustrating, but the writer has gone on to create some wonderful books. So there was change, but in the writer’s skill, not this early book.
    And HD will be surpassed by 3D in the near future. We’ll all be wearing those stupid glasses and loving it.

    Reply
  59. I recently read a book in which the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING was extremely solvable, and the heroine was TSTL. It was frustrating, but the writer has gone on to create some wonderful books. So there was change, but in the writer’s skill, not this early book.
    And HD will be surpassed by 3D in the near future. We’ll all be wearing those stupid glasses and loving it.

    Reply
  60. I recently read a book in which the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING was extremely solvable, and the heroine was TSTL. It was frustrating, but the writer has gone on to create some wonderful books. So there was change, but in the writer’s skill, not this early book.
    And HD will be surpassed by 3D in the near future. We’ll all be wearing those stupid glasses and loving it.

    Reply
  61. Oh dear, 3D? I love 3D in theaters, but in my home? With my husband flipping channels? I’m likely to have bloody skeletons crossing the room to get me!
    I think I’ll pass on that change!

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  62. Oh dear, 3D? I love 3D in theaters, but in my home? With my husband flipping channels? I’m likely to have bloody skeletons crossing the room to get me!
    I think I’ll pass on that change!

    Reply
  63. Oh dear, 3D? I love 3D in theaters, but in my home? With my husband flipping channels? I’m likely to have bloody skeletons crossing the room to get me!
    I think I’ll pass on that change!

    Reply
  64. Oh dear, 3D? I love 3D in theaters, but in my home? With my husband flipping channels? I’m likely to have bloody skeletons crossing the room to get me!
    I think I’ll pass on that change!

    Reply
  65. Oh dear, 3D? I love 3D in theaters, but in my home? With my husband flipping channels? I’m likely to have bloody skeletons crossing the room to get me!
    I think I’ll pass on that change!

    Reply
  66. Kay 🙂 Replace VHS? Yes, I did, for a lot of favorite films. I sold the VHS versions on ebay or gave them to charity or gave them to friends. VHS rarely had extras. VHS tape has limited life; I always knew I might have to replace favorites anyway. DVDs, on the other hand, if you’re careful, can be kept roughly forever, and they can be copied for backup.
    I love being able to order DVDs from the UK that I can play here; couldn’t have done that with videotape. They have so many great serials that never make it over here.
    My VHS player died and I decided not to replace it. I freed up about 25 feet of bookshelf space which is now occupied by 5 feet of DVDs and 20 feet of more books!
    Mostly it wasn’t a wrench to switch from VHS to DVD because my taste has changed somewhat over the years, so there were quite a few I found I had no desire to see again anyway. And there’s always TCM & Netflix.
    As to 3D, I’m with you there – I hate it. It’s hard on the eyes or the brain or something, but I really hate having things bulge out of the screen at me just for the sake of bulging. It’s a distraction from the story (that is, if there is one, since most of the 3D stuff so far seems to be animation or effects heavy-story light stuff).

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  67. Kay 🙂 Replace VHS? Yes, I did, for a lot of favorite films. I sold the VHS versions on ebay or gave them to charity or gave them to friends. VHS rarely had extras. VHS tape has limited life; I always knew I might have to replace favorites anyway. DVDs, on the other hand, if you’re careful, can be kept roughly forever, and they can be copied for backup.
    I love being able to order DVDs from the UK that I can play here; couldn’t have done that with videotape. They have so many great serials that never make it over here.
    My VHS player died and I decided not to replace it. I freed up about 25 feet of bookshelf space which is now occupied by 5 feet of DVDs and 20 feet of more books!
    Mostly it wasn’t a wrench to switch from VHS to DVD because my taste has changed somewhat over the years, so there were quite a few I found I had no desire to see again anyway. And there’s always TCM & Netflix.
    As to 3D, I’m with you there – I hate it. It’s hard on the eyes or the brain or something, but I really hate having things bulge out of the screen at me just for the sake of bulging. It’s a distraction from the story (that is, if there is one, since most of the 3D stuff so far seems to be animation or effects heavy-story light stuff).

    Reply
  68. Kay 🙂 Replace VHS? Yes, I did, for a lot of favorite films. I sold the VHS versions on ebay or gave them to charity or gave them to friends. VHS rarely had extras. VHS tape has limited life; I always knew I might have to replace favorites anyway. DVDs, on the other hand, if you’re careful, can be kept roughly forever, and they can be copied for backup.
    I love being able to order DVDs from the UK that I can play here; couldn’t have done that with videotape. They have so many great serials that never make it over here.
    My VHS player died and I decided not to replace it. I freed up about 25 feet of bookshelf space which is now occupied by 5 feet of DVDs and 20 feet of more books!
    Mostly it wasn’t a wrench to switch from VHS to DVD because my taste has changed somewhat over the years, so there were quite a few I found I had no desire to see again anyway. And there’s always TCM & Netflix.
    As to 3D, I’m with you there – I hate it. It’s hard on the eyes or the brain or something, but I really hate having things bulge out of the screen at me just for the sake of bulging. It’s a distraction from the story (that is, if there is one, since most of the 3D stuff so far seems to be animation or effects heavy-story light stuff).

    Reply
  69. Kay 🙂 Replace VHS? Yes, I did, for a lot of favorite films. I sold the VHS versions on ebay or gave them to charity or gave them to friends. VHS rarely had extras. VHS tape has limited life; I always knew I might have to replace favorites anyway. DVDs, on the other hand, if you’re careful, can be kept roughly forever, and they can be copied for backup.
    I love being able to order DVDs from the UK that I can play here; couldn’t have done that with videotape. They have so many great serials that never make it over here.
    My VHS player died and I decided not to replace it. I freed up about 25 feet of bookshelf space which is now occupied by 5 feet of DVDs and 20 feet of more books!
    Mostly it wasn’t a wrench to switch from VHS to DVD because my taste has changed somewhat over the years, so there were quite a few I found I had no desire to see again anyway. And there’s always TCM & Netflix.
    As to 3D, I’m with you there – I hate it. It’s hard on the eyes or the brain or something, but I really hate having things bulge out of the screen at me just for the sake of bulging. It’s a distraction from the story (that is, if there is one, since most of the 3D stuff so far seems to be animation or effects heavy-story light stuff).

    Reply
  70. Kay 🙂 Replace VHS? Yes, I did, for a lot of favorite films. I sold the VHS versions on ebay or gave them to charity or gave them to friends. VHS rarely had extras. VHS tape has limited life; I always knew I might have to replace favorites anyway. DVDs, on the other hand, if you’re careful, can be kept roughly forever, and they can be copied for backup.
    I love being able to order DVDs from the UK that I can play here; couldn’t have done that with videotape. They have so many great serials that never make it over here.
    My VHS player died and I decided not to replace it. I freed up about 25 feet of bookshelf space which is now occupied by 5 feet of DVDs and 20 feet of more books!
    Mostly it wasn’t a wrench to switch from VHS to DVD because my taste has changed somewhat over the years, so there were quite a few I found I had no desire to see again anyway. And there’s always TCM & Netflix.
    As to 3D, I’m with you there – I hate it. It’s hard on the eyes or the brain or something, but I really hate having things bulge out of the screen at me just for the sake of bulging. It’s a distraction from the story (that is, if there is one, since most of the 3D stuff so far seems to be animation or effects heavy-story light stuff).

    Reply

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