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02 September 2015 @ 05:53 am
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When Lucian wrote the True History, someone must have said it isn't real literature because it isn't about real life. That theme has probably not been repeated quite as often as "The young have no respect, and their music is just noise." but there is always a market for attacks on pop lit, particularly the more imaginative sorts. The latest iteration is an attack on the "ordinary potboilers" of Terry Pratchett, which the critic has not deigned to read. There are also a series of intelligent responses. Her's one from last year.

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Maia Cmaiac on September 2nd, 2015 10:42 am (UTC)
Ordinary? Potboilers? Somebody

(a) Hasn't read Terry Pratchett.

(b) Is too shallow to see what Terry does in his stories.

(c) Or both.

I'd put my money on (c).

Terry's stories are deep and complex. They're about things. Things like morality, reality, belief, self-perception, society, the power of stories. They're funny stories that have as much tragedy as mirth in them. They're literature, as much as the works of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens are literature.
El Coyote Gordo: Blackaddersupergee on September 2nd, 2015 11:06 am (UTC)
Actually, the son of a bitch boasted that he hadn't read Pratchett.
Maia Cmaiac on September 2nd, 2015 11:44 am (UTC)
Willful ignorance really boosts a critic's credibility.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on September 2nd, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
If life is too short to waste your time reading authors less Olympian than Shakespeare, which seems to be the argument here, then it's really, really too short to waste your time writing articles about how it's a waste of time, let alone expecting anyone else to read them.

nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on September 2nd, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
As nearly as I can figure, when anyone does anything, especially if it's for fun, there will be someone to attack it. While low status people are more likely to be attacked, high status people are hardly immune.

There are still good reasons for shoving back.

And as for the critic who wrote the piece against Pratchett and Pratchett's fans, I just read _The Shepherd's Crown_, and that critic is obviously an elf-- a narcissist who gets his power by making others feel small. Real elves are better looking, though.
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on September 2nd, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
In 100 years, Terry Pratchett will have joined the canon of English Literature alongside Dickens and Chaucer. The critics who didn't recognize his genius will be forgotten.