|Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
I generally love Lit Hub, but I was disappointed after reading Temple's article. I'm one of the few people who didn't understand what all the fuss was about with Roupenian’s "Cat People", so when I caught wind of this, I was excited to see a similar mindset or a dissection of what I was missing. Instead, after a delicious build-up of important issues and ideas, it ends with a thud:
'The reaction to this story—a work of literary fiction, don’t forget—has been overwhelmingly “me too,” and while I haven’t seen “#metoo,” that is unmistakably the landscape in which we are operating. Is that a bad thing? Is that a good thing? Does the fact that people love this story because they relate to it mean that it is not great literature? Does it mean that it is? I suppose everyone will have to decide for herself.'
Well...great. I already have my own opinions, thanks—I was hoping for the author of this piece to delve into hers. Instead, we get a collection of commentary from around the internet (oh good, I had no idea how to find tweets otherwise) and a tossed off quip passing for an ending: 'If a single non-reader stumbles on “Cat Person” and decided they’d better go read Bad Behavior, I’m ready to call it a win.'
Yeah. I guess.
Anyway, not sure we ever discussed literary pieces here, but if you read "Cat People", what did you think? All views are welcome, I love to hear different perspectives on stories.
|Posted on December 10, 2018 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
from Facebook, 6/12/17
Recently I read Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story through Action, Emotion, and Theme (Alderson, Rosenfeld). Focusing on how emotion drives the plot of a story, Writing Deep Scenes shows you how to fully mine the possibilities to get to the heart of your work. Basic plot construction is also discussed in terms of four-act structure.
For those who get impatient with repetition, take note: they do rehash details throughout. But for me, it meant the difference between flipping back and forth to find those golden nuggets and plowing ahead.
I hated to return this one to the library. I had more post-it tabs in there than anyone has a right to!
My review was posted this morning on The Writer's Workout. Take a look!
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
From Facebook post 1-14-17
I'm cheating. I may cheat for a little while, too, until something comes to me.
I'm attempting to write two reviews. But when it comes to stuff I like, it takes forever to figure out how to express myself. I'm trying for a much less stupid way of saying "this book is like...SO good, guys!" but the thesaurus only does so much work for you. In person I'm even worse; this is why I don't talk much.
Anyway, thanks to my ineptness, I always appreciate a good dialogue scene, whether in print or on screen. The first thing that comes to mind is the dinner scene from the vastly underrated Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country. It's quite possibly the best of the original series after Wrath of Khan (except for maybe The Search for Spock. Ranking is a tough call). I feel for the crew of the Enterprise; it must be tough to make conversation with a Klingon. I'd be all, "What's the weather like on Qo'noS? Nippy? It's no Rura Penthe, I bet...that's a joke, son...more ale?"
Enjoy! The Hamlet and Hitler jokes are killer. (7:02)