/lit/, let's try something here:
Name an area of literature you generally don't enjoy/strongly dislike (whether it's genre fiction, YA fiction, existentialism, high school-core, postmodernism, etc) and then name an exception to that which you genuinely enjoyed/appreciated.
For me, I strongly dislike YA fiction as it's often derivative and a diluted form of works that influenced it, however I do enjoy the His Dark Materials trilogy for tackling more than just transparent political allegory and creating something that transcends typical YA-ficiton shit.
don't usually like the american southern gothic literature but love Cormac mcCarthy
don't usually like sci-fi but love Philip K Dick and the Strugatsky Bros.
I don't read ethnically diverse authors unless if they're nationalistic like Yukio Mishima
Recently I've been noticing a lot of people shitting on Dune. I'm torn on whether I should read it or not (I probably will pick it up eventually just to see what I think of it and form my own opinion of course).
Just wondering, what did you find amazing about Dune?
Gaiman I think is a surprising author. He's everything incarnate that /lit/ seems to hate: genre fiction, nerd culture and YA fiction. Yet, he knows how to handle pacing and usually manages a line between his interest in humour and weird fiction that is surprisingly effective. Kinda like Pratchett, I guess, which makes sense since those two worked together a few times I believe.
> detest comic books
Have you read Watchmen? I hear a lot of people saying that transcends typical comic-book superhero schtick.
Also Persepolis is pretty fascinating and worth a read. It's a comic-book, sure (or graphic novel if we want to be pedantic about it), but it's pretty humorous and political too: it's like a mixture of coming-of-age teen drama (if that can be applied to a Iranian girl having to evacuate her country on her parents recommendation due to political tensions rising) and recent middle-eastern political history. I didn't expect it to be as engaging or as funny as it was.
Also >>7670734 this anon is right: Maus should also be an exception. European comics are okay too if you, like me, can't stand Marvel-shit everywhere. Europeans love their mysteries, crime and archaeology if their comics are anything to go by.
Sandman is corny pseud shit
perhaps it's alright by the standards of mainstream US comics, but considering how putrid that standard is that ain't saying much
get yourself some chris ware and jim woodring comics
get cerebus, from hell and corto maltese as well while you're at it
i didn't care much for persepolis when i read it
you might appreciate harve pekar's american splendor, chester brown's paying for it and joe sacco's war journalism comics(palestine and safe area gorazde in particular) if you're interested in autobiographical comics though