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Storyteller as a Noble Calling

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To entertain someone is to transport them to a different world. This is no small feat.

In my previous post, I talked about my belief that genre fiction can also be literary, and emotionally and intellectually deep.

But the honest truth is a lot of what we read isn’t deep. And that’s ok.

It’s pure entertainment, and that’s still valuable for a number of reasons:

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June 19, 2009 at 6:35 am

Genre Fiction as Literature

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What is literature?

Yes, the dentists’ brochures on flossing, the neon green flyer tucked under your windshield, and the weight-loss ad cleverly disguised as an article in your magazine are all technically literature as written materials.

But I’m talking about the definition of literature as a creative work of excellent quality and lasting artistic value. Think Hamlet and A Tale of Two Cities. Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dante’s Inferno and Goethe’s Faust.

These are the pieces literati will hold up as paragons of literature.

But few people give credence to genre fiction as serious literature. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 11, 2009 at 9:04 pm