Our friends at the Guardian are in the middle of a very interesting series on literary definitions, and recently Elizabeth Edmondson has taken issue with the distinction between literary and genre fiction:
"Genre fiction" is a nasty phrase – when did genre turn into an adjective? But I object to the term for a different reason. It’s weasel wording, in that it conflates lit fic with literature. It was clever marketing by publishers to set certain contemporary fiction apart and declare it Literature – and therefore Important, Art and somehow better than other writing.
Jane Austen, she says, “never for a moment imagined she was writing Literature. Posterity decided that – not her, not John Murray, not even her contemporary readership. She wrote fiction, to entertain and to make money.”
Nine-tenths of me agrees with her. No, more like 99/100 of me agrees with her — there’s just a tiny little Angry Nerd somewhere inside me who’s jumping up and down, stomping her tiny foot in rage and yelling at the lit-fic crowd to get off my lawn. Anyhow, it’s a thoughtful, well-argued read, and you can see the rest of it here.
"I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees."
"Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20."
"I do love second-hand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest."
so Charlotte Bronte read Emma by Jane Austen and was really interested in this minor character named Jane Fairfax who was poor and would have been a governess had she not married well and then Bronte wrote her own novel exploring the plight of the poor governess who married this guy named Edward Fairfax Rochester in a novel called Jane Eyre and my point is don’t let anyone tell you shit about fanfiction.
To celebrate my 300 followers, I am doing a book giveaway!
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hey you know what happened to circumstanceanddisposition? katie, i believe was her name? i really enjoyed her writing and i was so dismayed when i did see her writing pop up my dash.
I remember circumstanceanddisposition and I talked to her a couple of times but I don’t know what’s happened to her and her blog. I tried looking her up and it seems as if her blog’s been deleted. Does anyone have any information about what happened to the blog?
14 daunting books every man must read →
Is Moby-Dick gathering dust on your shelf? Andrew Hankinson reveals why it’s finally time to conquer it, and 13 other daunting reads Everyone has them; those thick tomes with tiny type that have edged open windows, propped up wobbly tables and weighed down loose paper. You’ve done everything with them — except read them. They invoke fear. It’s their size, their daunting literary baggage, their impenetrable language — and the very real prospect that if we were to attempt them, we’d spend approximately 4.5 days re-reading passages and another 12 hours looking up obsolete words in the dictionary before suffering a crushing sense of defeat when we finally commit it back to the bookshelf. But this is a call to arms. Five ShortList members of staff are going to attempt to conquer the most testing novels written — follow how we fare here. So it’s time to unearth that hefty work of intellectual brilliance, blow off the dust and show those titans of literature who’s boss. (Main image: Alan Murray @ GeorgeGraceRepresents.com)
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"Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn’t it such a relief to have somebody say that?"
Gabriel García Márquez, 1927 - 2014 →
The Colombian novelist Alvaro Mutis used to tell a story about his close friend and compatriot Gabriel García Márquez, who has died aged 87. In the mid-Sixties, when the latter was writing One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), they met every evening for a drink. García Márquez would tell…