After writing my last blog post about Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, I was trying to come up with another topic for my next post. I'm currently, and finally, reading Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (yes, the one that was made into a movie with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper). I'm only about halfway through, so I couldn't really come up with a specific topic regarding the novel. So I kind of looked over at my book shelf to see if I could find another novel to write about. I saw It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. The main character of Silver Linings Playbook suffers from and was hospitalized for bipolar disorder. The main character of It's Kind of a Funny Story was hospitalized for depression.
The Lost Generation was still on my mind from my last post. I think most would agree that much of the literature that was produced by members of that generation can be characterized by disillusionment caused by World War I. That got me thinking, what will define or characterize the literature produced by our generation? Well, two out of the two books I thought about over about a thirty second time span centered around mental illness. Obviously, it's not like mental illness is a new thing that's special only to our generation. However, I thought for a moment, maybe the literature produced by our generation will be defined by it's willingness to break down barriers or to destroy certain stigmas within society, like the stigmas that have surrounded depression, bipolar disorder, ect. Like I said, this was only a fleeting thought, because then I thought, can't that define the literature of every generation in someway or another?
I suppose there could be some defining characteristic of the literature produced in the last decade or so that I'm completely missing, which could potentially be quite embarrassing. Trying to look at things from the outside isn't necessarily easy. I must say though, I really hope the expansion of and dependance on technology isn't our generation's defining characteristic. That would be a bummer.