Booking Through Thursday

  • When somebody mentions “literature,” what’s the first thing you think of? (Dickens? Tolstoy? Shakespeare?)
  • Do you read “literature” (however you define it) for pleasure? Or is it something that you read only when you must?

I’ve actually already written a piece that answers this question, and seeing as I’m a little lazy today, I’ll just link to it:

Advice for Serious Literary Types

Here’s the synopsis:  I tend to read genre fiction, and I have encountered more than one “literary” person so snobbish and disdainful of my reading choices that, even if they had a good book recommendation or two, I certainly never would have listened to them.   I’m only now admitting to myself that Madame Bovary was, in fact, a good book and that T.S. Eliot’s poetry has its merits.  So, if you think a friend of yours should have better taste in books, and you’re trying to recommend something, regardless of what it is, just remember that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

2 thoughts on “Lit-Ra-Chur

  1. Melinda April 3, 2008 / 11:30 am

    This made me laugh…as I understand how you feel. As a reader and a writer, I often run into people who disapprove of my writing simply because of the genre fiction nature of it, without so much as giving it a chance.

  2. BookGal April 3, 2008 / 8:55 pm

    I think there are some pieces of genre fiction that are indeed worthy of being read over and over and will be in the next fifty years. For me, that’s the criteria. I don’t care what genre as long as it is well-written.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s