Sunday, 21 January 2007

The Truth is Out There

"One of the most common critical mechanisms of hard-line fandom is the rationalisation of shabby prose as 'entertainment'". Discuss.

From a review of Anne McCaffrey's Restoree written in 1969 by M John Harrison, and collected in Parietal Games: Critical Writings by and on M John Harrison, edited by Mark Bould and Michelle Reid. It may be worth noting that Restoree was apparently still in print as late as 1999...


SandChigger said...

Hey, man! It's all about escapism, ya know?

If a piece of writing takes me away from myself for a while...makes me forget about the fact that I'm still prepubescent or functionally illiterate or just dumb as a piece of sandstone...where's the harm in it?!


(A bit over the top, maybe?)

A.R.Yngve said...

People's standards of literary quality change over a lifetime. I could tolerate a lot more typos and Thog-isms when I was 10.