I admit it.
I was sucked into continuing the Flavia de Luce series, even though, what started as a sweet but believable tale became progressively stupider and unbelievable and more juvenile until Book 6 was really a child’s novel with its ridiculous plot line, not an adult novel, not even a cross over novel, but a child’s novel.
Not that there’s anything wrong with children’s literature. You expect some simplification of issues, and young central characters with agency beyond their years. But when it is sold and promoted as an adult novel, you don’t expect those things. You expect other things. This has turned into an Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider novel.
Still, I continued to read. Why?
The style – it’s well-written. And I like the descriptions of countryside.
The characters – I do like Flavia and her thoughts.
The plot – however silly and frustrating, I want to find out what happens. (Interestingly if it was promoted as a child’s novel, I wouldn’t be so frustrated but then I probably wouldn’t read it, not being a teacher librarian anymore.)
But mainly I love how I learn (discover? is that too pompous to use) so many interesting tidbits and discover music I knew nothing about.
Tidbits like The Great Panjandrum. I skim over the chemistry. That doesn’t interest me much though I believe Bradley is very accurate in all the chemistry. But finding out things like glasswort and how medieval stained glass was made. And that Thalben-Bell, a famed composer of organ music and hymns was born in Australia. And his most famous piece, played at Lady Di’s funeral, was actually a piece he improvised as a BBC radio religious service during WWII finished early and he filled the time. So many people contacted the BBC for details that he remembered it as best he could and wrote it down. All these make reading these books exciting. What will I discover?
Yes, I will forget these things almost immediately but gee, it was fun googling while I was reading the novel.
And listening to music I would otherwise never play, not being well versed in classical music. Like this one: Beethoven.