Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
I'm not really talking about the themes or settings, so much, as the conception of what a proper literary novel is supposed to be.

That is, the notion has come about in recent years that good novels should <exaggeration> have no plot and focus primarily on the beauty of individual sentences from a semi-poetic semi-gibberish perspective </exaggeration>.

The result is what many avid readers consider boring and unreadable.  Whether it's aware of what is going on the rest of the world is irrelevant considering this basic problem.

by Zwackus on Fri Oct 3rd, 2008 at 05:54:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Sorry, got a bit confused as to which thread I was in.
by Zwackus on Fri Oct 3rd, 2008 at 05:56:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
[ET Moderation Technology™] repost under the appropriate thread and I'll toggle/delete this one :-)

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 3rd, 2008 at 06:00:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Occasional Series