Writer’s Inspiration Sunday – Critics and Critiques

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Everyone who writes can agree ’50 Shades of Grey’ is pure crap.  Millions of readers disagree.  Do you think the author cares what other writers think, or what the readers do? EL James was the top author earner in 2013.

Have you ever read the “classics” from English classes for fun?  Well, you’d be one of the few then.  I’d rather wrap my messages in bubblegum genre stories for people to chew on than have teachers smash pills of my “literary genius,” down bored students’ throats in English classes. — Amie Gibbons 😉

“Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien.

“In theory it was, around now, Literature. Susan hated Literature. She’d much prefer to read a good book.”  ― Terry Pratchett

“Beware of the man who denounces woman writers; his penis is tiny and he cannot spell.” ― Erica Jong

“While clearly an impregnable masterpiece, Don Quixote suffers from one fairly serious flaw—that of outright unreadability.” ― Martin Amis

“I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.”  ― Stephen King

“Readers, not critics, are the people who determine a book’s eventual fate.” ― Edward Abbey

“Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less. — Ignore critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless.” — Anne Rice

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” —Harper Lee,

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7 thoughts on “Writer’s Inspiration Sunday – Critics and Critiques

  1. I love that Anne Rice quote. Good writing is in the eye of the reader. And success has to be defined by the author. Some want critical acclaim and others want financial success and other just want to write and publish for the sheer joy of it and some want any combination of the first three.

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  2. I want to write stuff that people enjoy, but which isn’t toe-curlingly embarrassing. I don’t care about literature – the only book I have ever given up on (at the halfway point) was Wuthering Heights (a tedious, overly-descriptive non-event). On the other hand, I read the whole of the Da Vinci Code which was pretty terrible in several ways (grating stereotypes, lack of basic knowledge of simple things like the number of major countries in the world that drive on the left, etc.) BUT it was a very engaging page-turner. And that’s the thing that matters – does the story engage the reader? Do you want to know what’s going to happen next? Or, like me and Wuthering Heights, do you really not give a crap…

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    1. I couldn’t get 5 pages into Wuthering Heights. One book I will never forgive my English teacher for shoving down our throats? Heart of Darkness. It was short but damn, did it make up for that by being utterly painful.

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      1. Not read that one (and you’re not particularly selling it to me either), but I did read Conrad’s The Secret Agent which was OK, if a little opaque at times, with a certain degree of dry/black humour. The best ‘literature’ that I’ve read is probably A Tale of Two Cities and To Kill A Mockingbird, but a lot of other ‘worthy’ books are often too far up their authors’ arses. Or asses, if you prefer.
        And finally, I love the line in most of Terry Pratchett’s books when giving the author biography: “Occasionally he gets accused of literature”.

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      2. I loved To Kill A Mockingbird. Ones I actually liked reading in English were Crime and Punishment and The Count of Monte Cristo. I think those seemed better because they were modern translations. Still wordy, overly done and way too long, but more readable. Dickens, I take issue with… for many reasons 🙂

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