By James Franco
I think I know better than to complain about a book that a lot of people have warned me about. I haven’t finished all of the stories, but I have formed an opinion about it.
This collection is full of teenage angst and constant whining. Maybe that’s where people get the whole “Catcher in The Rye” comparison. The difference is that I enjoyed Holden’s thoughts a lot more. I’m not a professional fiction writer or anything, but there is that phase in writing (at least, for me) wherein you get stuck in one voice for too long that it gets hard to break away from it. I don’t know if James Franco intended his stories to be this way, but the they all feel the same to me.
I haven’t decided if I want to keep reading.
One thing I really can’t figure out is the deal with his author portrait. I can’t tell if he was being serious or not when he chose it. Was he mocking himself or was he seriously trying to look literary in it? I’d rather think the former.