You didn't read "The Slap"? You monster!
I had the following conversation with my sister the other day.
My sister: “Did you see the latest episode of The Slap?”
Me: “I’m not watching The Slap.”
My sister: “Oh, it’s just that I thought you might be interested in how it compared with the book.”
Me: “I didn’t read the book.”
At which point she stared at me for some seconds in gobsmacked horror, as if I’d said I had a sneaking admiration for Tony Abbott.
But it’s all true. I haven’t read The Slap and have no intention to, because;
- The author sort of annoys me,
- I’m spent most of my life avoiding the sort of arseholes that populate the book* and have no desire to make their acquaintance now and
- Books that are described as “capturing the zeitgeist of the time” really, really, really annoy me.
Why, I can’t really say. Partly it might be intellectual snobbery, a queasiness about reading a book that everybody else seems to be reading, but mostly because they’re often shit; the sort of book that people look back on in ten year’s time and say “what on earth were we thinking, this is shit**”.
I may change my mind about The Slap. But I doubt it.
* Based on the reviews, obvs.
** Having said that, Oranges are not the only fruit holds up pretty well. The same does not apply for The Bone People. The Bone People brings to mind Dorothy Parker’s line about a book she was reviewing; “This is not a book to set aside lightly. It should be hurled with great force”.