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May 24th, 2015

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02:03 pm - Twee, Post #12
(Clearly my month of posting will be more like "30 Posts when I get to them." Apologies in advance.)

So, anyway, Twee. adj. Excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental.

As the adverbs in that Concise Oxford English Dictionary definition suggest, 'twee' is not viewed as a positive thing. It is affectation, and sweetness that makes one sick, and all around A Bit Not Good. The thing is, though, that I often find myself drawn to what lots of people consider Twee.

I mean, on a scale of Twee to Grimdark, I am always closer to the pink-and-green Twee side. A review of music or art or fiction that begin "An uncompromising look at the harsh realities of..." whatever marks an automatic Pass for me. (I don't mind reading about harsh realities, but usually in nonfiction form.)

So I like pink and green together in manner of Lilly Pulitzer or similar, and I like cool tea blends and old teacups, and I like a certain kind of madcap heroine (as in this cute Kate Spade fashion-y short film starring Anna Kendrick and Lily Tomlin), and I like old-school lounge music and period films, and I don't mind Taylor Swift's public persona. I would like Hallmark Channel rom coms if the heroes and writing were more interesting (SO OFTEN SO BLAND, NO THANK YOU), and I would rather read a good comic novel than a good tragic one.

That being said, I have limits. Yesterday, upon reading a cozy mystery set in Charleston and featuring a tea shop, I said aloud, "Nope. Too, too, too twee."

What often pejorative adjective would you claim? :)

May you have things you love, and may you be happy to claim them.

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Date:May 24th, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC)
Twee is okay with me. :-)
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Date:May 25th, 2015 01:21 pm (UTC)

Hugs and a good Monday, too.
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Date:May 24th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
A tea shop in Charleston is twee to the nth power, probably not bearable, especially for cozy mysteries (I think I've seen those books and I think they include recipes, another beyond-the-limits twee thing).

Love the Anna and Lily ("Inhale the power of pink!"). Hope you're getting a nice holiday that's really free, and that you get to enjoy!
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Date:May 25th, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
I think I'd be okay with the actual shop, but yes, the mystery took it too far. :)

I'm fond of Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles mysteries, which feature a herbalist in Central Texas (and have recipes), but the Texas setting cuts down the twee. I can't be doing with her Beatrix Potter mysteries which basically define the term.

Cheers for you this Monday! Hugs and breezes!
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Date:May 25th, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
I think Taylor Swift is adorable. I don't think I've ever heard one of her songs, but I'm in favor of her.

I'm not good with cozies. Back in the late eighties/early nineties I read a bunch of themed mysteries- bookstores/recipes/cats/dogs/house repair- but I burned out on them and it was years before I went back to reading mysteries at all.

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Date:May 25th, 2015 11:08 pm (UTC)
Ms Swift seems like she's trying her best to be a good egg, and I admire that.

And I do see why reading a bunch of cozies would put one off. I'm that way about romantic suspense with serial killers -- I read one too many and now the whole business tends to make me say 'Do Not Want'. (I make exceptions for Nora Roberts, but even so.)

Cheers and hugs!

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