My experience of reading The Animators was a very odd one. I simultanesouly didn’t like and couldn’t put it down. How does that even happen?
The story is about two female animators who meet in college and go on to spend their careers working together and exploring their pasts through their art. The one character, Mel, is so self-destructive and ultimately quite cruel that I just couldn’t get past that. So was it an inlikable character that made me dislike the book? Partially.
It was also that you’re deep into the world of animators in this book, something I know nothing about. I can imagine that if you’re into comics and cartoons, this book would totally work for you, but for me it didn’t.
But, the writing is pretty darn good. That’s waht kept me going. Whitaker can write. Why else would i read a book I didn’t really like or relate to in record time? That’s the only way i can explain it. Whitaker’s writing compelled me to keep going even when I didn’t really care.
Who would like this book? The edginess of The Animators reminds of a lot of contemporary fiction like Nicotine by Nell Zink. It’s edgy, rough around the edges and meant to shock. It also pushes you into places of discomfort. I do think that The Animators will appeal to many readers, especially of the hipster variety. Maybe I’m too old to appreciate it?