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The Journal of Lyda Morehouse


March 9th, 2009

Why Saying "It's Just Fiction" is a Cop Out @ 10:04 am

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From:bookzombie
Date:March 9th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Hear, hear! Nicely put.

On a (vaguely) related note I remember some years ago writing a 'best of year' piece for an APA I was in at the time that include the books read/films seen that I was disappointed in. An eminent critic of my acquantance called me on it - he said that a book could be 'good' or 'bad' but it couldn't be 'disappointing'. But surely any situation where you bring any sort of expectation to can run the risk of being disappointing: the new novel by a favourite writer, a new film by a favourite director, a work that has been much praised by people whose opinion you respect, etc.

Maybe if you can be very emotionally detatched you may be able to bring absolutely no preconceptions to your reading of a work, even if you are familiar with the author, but you're a better person than I am in that case...
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From:seawasp
Date:March 9th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
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That's an interesting inversion. I'd be much more inclined to say that a book or movie could be disappointing but not necessarily be good or bad.
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From:argonel
Date:March 9th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure if it possible to write an objectively bad book of fiction, as tastes are varied enough to ensure that someone would probably like it. I would suggest than any book with more than 5% of the words misspelled would be bad, and would any work of non-fiction that is egregiously wrong. (For example a history book that WWII lasted from 1819 to 1844 would be very bad if it was intended to be non-fiction)

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