Ok, for those of you who tune in to read my randomly updated widget, you would see that at 12:22 pm I was both reading (WOW, the book I promised to finish in a week, but may possibly finish much sooner), and watching my current guilty pleasure Younger. If you have never watched this show, I suggest you start NOW. It’s about a forty-something year old woman who, after having taken a massive hiatus to, you know, like raise kids and shit, realizes she is no longer relevant to the literary world she once belonged to and cannot find a job in publishing ANYWHERE. So…and here’s where the show gets its name, she pretends to be MUCH YOUNGER. 26, in fact. The show chronicles her new life as a reinvented young person, and all the obstacles she faces. Now, I won’t lie to you, my sweet little baby’s breath….the show is mostly FLUFF! Ok?! Just marshmallow fluff crap. (Only real talk here, luvs.) However, in the midst of the glitter doo-doo there is the bright, shiny fact that the show revolves mostly around BOOKS! Which is why I am so hooked. I mean, originally, I started watching because it was about a woman trying to reinvent herself, which is where I am at in life: Reinventing Myself. So, I could relate. But, when the show turned out to be fluffy to the max, the constant literary discussion kept me drooling over it. That and Debi Mazar. She is absolutely drool-worthy. Always has been! YASS!
Ok, moving right along, because obviously I am going somewhere with this. The current episode I am watching (S3 E5 if you care to join me) is bringing up some feelings in me! So, the publishing company that the main character works at is itself, trying to remain young, hip, and relevant. So, they bring a new guy into the fold. He is super young and claims to be “on the spectrum”, which is supposed to be an excuse or apology for his constant rudeness and lack of decorum. First of all, THIS bothers me. As the parent of two beautiful and well-mannered young men who both fall on different ends of the spectrum, I have found that Autistic people are absolutely intelligent enough to grasp the concept of manners both simple and complex. Yes, it may take more persuasion or explanation to get these children to use them. Autism is absolutely a social affliction. It comes from the Latin word Auto, meaning SELF. But even autistic folks eventually want friends and/or lovers. And they most certainly want to be praised, which is what I do when they remember to use their manners. So why on earth would this show go to such great lengths to promote Rudeness as an expected trait of people “on the spectrum”?!
Ah, my Precious Petals, if you are still reading at this point then let me thank you enormously for letting me go on a rant there. I am still trying to get to my point, I just got sidetracked. My mind is CONSTANTLY going at this pace. Ugh! Hello, Ritalin?! LOL! Anyway, this new guy is being very disruptive to the entire literary world in the show, even going so far as to deem the written word obsolete. Now, this fictional character is not the first to make this comment, nor will he be the last. But, the publishing house kind of goes on to consider his point. They are talking about taking the greats, like Gatsby (no pun intended!…or is it? lol), and condensing them, and even making them interactive, and then putting them all on one big APP!. That was an awful run-on sentence there. My apologies, little flower buds. You will see that I am well known for my run ons, yes, but THAT was probably the most obscenely run-on sentence I have ever created. And for that, I am sorry. But not sorry enough to edit it. No, I must be authentic today. The book I am reading DEMANDS it!
The POINT is….books ARE changing. Not all, but some. It’s like the millennials are slowly putting their own spin on literature. A generation obsessed with digital media. How will this end up? The book that I am reading now, WOW: A Handbook For Living, has been touched, I can tell you that much. The layout of the book…the very style and essence of the book…would have been rejected by literary snobs not too long ago. The most dense amount of “written word” I have observed in this book so far has been less than three paragraphs at a time! It almost appears as a collection of “tweets” or “snaps” or what have you. BUT, it is one of the most PROFOUND books I have happened upon in a good while.
This post isn’t to judge ot say one way is better than another. Truthfully, my daisy cakes, it’s just a silly diary entry. But, I wanted to share my observations, in the spirit of the book I am reading. Some things will always be the same. I do not fear that anyone will be successful in taking away our precious written novels, nor will anyone succeed in ending the writing of many more fantastic, long, bound works of art! I suppose I just fear the change that is inevitable. But why? I know, I know…it is Human to fear that which we do not understand or know yet. It is human to fear change. But, as a woman blossoming into my true self, isn’t that a silly thing? To fear change? When I CRAVE, nay!, NEED change myself….
I feel that it is time to let go of the fear. Change should not be feared. One should be curious, perhaps….intrigued. Maybe even excited. Yes, my Flowers, let us get all worked up and excited about change and see where that positive aura lands us! At least today. Can we try that? Hand in hand, let’s leap into the unknown today. Because, as a wise man once told me, “Without change, there is no change.” And wouldn’t that be boring AF, my petals?
Oh Brave New World!