Our Favorite Comments: March 13 – 17, 2012

 

“I have a debilitating crush on Sherlock Holmes…not lessened by the fact that I’m attracted to every actor who’s ever PLAYED Sherlock Holmes in anything ever. Pining over a self-absorbed super-genius who may or may not even be interested in women probably says something about my self-image. I’ll hash it out in therapy someday.”

by MegsGranger on The Well-Readheads: The Dating Game

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“That’s why I appreciated the gray box that says “Oh, good. An anti-genre snob. How terribly original, witty, and insightful you are.”

I am typically a pretty huge anti-genre snob, and that made me laugh-out-loud and nod in agreement. I’ll remember that and think twice next time I poo-poo a piece of genre fiction without giving it the benefit of the doubt. :)”

by Sharayah Pranger on Flowchart Friday: 50 Shades of Grey Edition

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“Most of those books probably have titles along the lines of “Rich and Famous: Parenting for the Financially Enabled” and “Lose Fat Quick! The Newest of the New Dieting Trends to Help You Lose Weight FAST!”

Not my kind of reading material. But thanks, anyway! :)”

by Erin on Libraries of the Rich and Famous, Part One

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“As a reader, I’m totally with you, though I have to admit, until I saw it in type here, I would not have confessed to *resenting* a book that jumps the turnstyle. I’m going to be more aware of that, because it’s GREAT when a book transcends genre. Who’d rather be merely placated when you could be delightfully surprised? 

But as an author, I’m wondering now. How do I quantify my stories (which are notorious turnstyle jumpers) so that readers will want to invest time in them? Love stories are not just for romance readers. A family drama can involve political observation. A crime procedural benefits from intense relationships between complex characters. What’s an author to do is she’s writing a book that incorporates all of the above?”

by Joni Rodgers on When Obsessing Over Genre Leads Us Astray (And When It Doesn’t)

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“JERK WRITER ARE WORST! LIKE ANNE FRANK! SHE WRITE ONLY ONE BOOK! THEN BECAME RECLUSE! NOW SHE NO EVEN DO BOOK SIGNING! 

AND THEN THERE SHAKESPEARE! PEOPLE NO KNOW IF HE JERK! OR IF SOMEONE ELSE PRETEND BE JERK SHAKESPEARE FOR HIM! EITHER WAY! HE PROBABLY JERK!
AND STEPHEN KING! OH! LIKE DRUNK HULK CARE ABOUT ROYALTY! “

by Drunk Hulk on Why You Might Ignore Your Favorite Author’s Jerkiness

 

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