Thoughts on Good Omens

1 - It's longer than I remembered. I keep thinking "oh I must be almost at the end" but there's still 3.5 hours left and this is like the 4th time I've thought that.

2 - There's kind of a lot of misogyny? And fat-hate? I didn't remember that at all and I don't think it fits w/the overall tone of the novel, so much of how media was in the 90s just took it as a given that women talk too much and fat women can't also be attractive. Glad we're doing better, slowly.

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Specific things in the book that got to me.

1) a character who "would have been" romantic if she wasn't fat. ๐Ÿ™„

2) The huge imbalance in how women and men are treated by the narrator. Male bigot? Most people like him, he's just racist in a broad, funny way it's hard to mind. Women who talk a lot? Will never marry and if they do their husband will come back from the grave to finally tell them to shut up.

3) Casual violent homophobia.

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It's frustrating because I really, *really* enjoy a lot of this book. It was one of the first things I read as an adult able to read what I wanted w/o worrying that my mom would see it and start screaming at me over it, and it helped shape both my humor and my values/beliefs in a lot of ways. So it's hard to read it again after a little over a decade since my last read and find out I'm kind of not welcome in it.

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I remember reading at some point that feminism is the slow realization that the things you love hate you and I feel that hard.

On the other hand, it's wonderful to realize how far we've come with pop culture. Still a long way to go, obviously. But when I first read it I just sort of accepted that I was the butt of the joke for most people. I'm glad we've gotten to a place where I expect better. I hope we'll keep working and getting better.

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Further investigation shows that quote is from someone named Lindy West, who apparently wrote a book called "Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman."

Well.

That's...extremely appropriate actually and I think that's gonna go on my reading list for the next month. Might be a nice counterbalance to the depressing content in The Handmaid's Tale. And, you know....life.

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