What I learned reading The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt

Again this wasn’t what I expected, I probably should make a better habit of reading the backs of books. In my defense I was in a hurry when I got a lot of these books and it’s really hard to read the backs of books when you’ve got a toddler trying to wreck as much havoc as possibly.

First, I will probably not include any kind of religion in my book. I’ve put down books that go too deeply into spreading their message, this one didn’t, but I still felt like Alt was trying to say the opposing religion was close minded and stupid. I’m very interested in world religions, but for whatever reason I don’t like them while I’m reading fiction.

Second, when I go supernatural I’m going to go all out. I want magic that can blow shit up and get shit done. This book did not have that kind of magic, in fact it didn’t have any magic, it had Magick. The title was super misleading. Magick is what Wiccans believe in and not what I was looking for, but oh well.

Third, I don’t want my character to be thirty years old and have no idea what they want to do with their life. I find it depressing. I don’t know exactly what I want to do with mine, but I have a pretty good idea, so when I read a book about a thirty-something year old woman who’s never had a serious relationship and doesn’t really have any idea what she wants to do I want to scream at her and ask her what she’s been doing. I don’t know if I’m alone in this or if other authors don’t like having a protagonist with goals, but I’m getting really tired of reading those characters.

I feel bad because I’ve said some negative things about the book and I didn’t hate it. I didn’t even dislike it. It just happened to be several things that I’ve been reading a lot of during my cozy quest and I hit a wall at being able to take it anymore.

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