Despite the fact that Shipwreck drums up business for an independent bookstore, highlights the work of local authors, and reacquaints hundreds of people with beloved classic novels, some readers have taken issue with the event’s promise to “Ruin Good Things.”
Stephenson defends the bookstore’s event: “We created the show because we love fanfiction, and the community of writers who made it into something grand enough for us to spoof. That said, I don’t think there’s any way you can claim that inserting the phrase ‘Bitch, I might be!’ into Pride and Prejudice does anything but destroy that book.”
The event subverts literary magniloquence (for example, using the word “magniloquence,”) thumbing its nose at the pretension of salons and readings and the sanctimony of traditional book clubs. Stephenson insists that this subversion actually encourages reading. “We say we’re going to destroy The Giver next month, and we sell out of copies” says Stephenson.
Camden: Black Swan Green, Mitchell. “early adolescence in early 1980’s england: it’s sans your stereotypical mitchellesque wizardry and doesn’t require much heavy lifting, just a straightforward coming-of-age story. i liked it a whole lot.”