Thursday Thoughts on Friday Forgotten Books
Near as I can tell, this thing started with mystery writer and fan Patti Abbot on her blog Pattinase. It’s called Friday Forgotten Books, and it has spread to quite a lot of blogs run by mystery readers, fans, writers and fans of multiple genres.
I did a couple FFB reviews which appeared on Patti’s blog before launching Broken Bullhorn, and now I’m picking it up here. So beginning tomorrow, there’ll be a Friday Forgotten Book. Here. I’m sure your excitement and anticipation are nearly overwhelming.
So today I’m taking a quick look at what – to me – this “forgotten” thing means. Okay, start with the dictionary: “to fail to remember” isn’t a bad start, but that could apply to anything, especially for me, with my old brain. “omit or neglect unintentionally” is a lot better, at least for what I perceive as the purpose of FFB, and “leave unnoticed” and “fail to think of” work pretty well too. Notice none of these suggest or imply any particular quality of the forgotten object. Thus something forgotten could be mercifully so, such as the name of the worst restaurant you ever visited.
I think “to leave behind unintentionally” works a little better, as it suggests the thing shouldn’t have been forgotten, it just was, somehow. Like the title of your favorite Winston science fiction novel (Five Against Venus by Philip Latham ) or Hardy Boys book (The Mystery of Cabin Island).
So to my way of thinking, a forgotten book – for purposes of this Friday Forgotten Book thing – is simply one that’s slipped from our memory, and it should be something that’s passably good but doesn’t have to be great. After all, the great books probably aren’t forgotten, are they?
One thing I think a “forgotten book” should be, however, is old. Not as old as me, for heaven’s sake, how could anyone remember that far back? But the book shouldn’t have been published in the last few years, which for ease of definition I define as not in this century. One more thing. I’m not one to be locked in by a lot of rules, so my Friday Forgotten Book may be of any genre and will occasionally be forgotten music or film.
Return tomorrow for my FFB #3 (the first 2 were on Patti’s blog), which will be a book I wonder if anyone out there has read.