Instant Lit Critic
So the other day I got a FB email from a frenemy who, I think, was trying to inspire me to write better. He said I wrote like a “robot” to which I replied "I prefer 'fembot,' to a silence on his end that only spelled out one thing: he was serious! The exchange devolved from there. He finally apologized after a week’s worth of a little bit of silence on my part. Fine, fine, not everyone is going to love what I write. Whatevs, I’m just going to keep doing it. But I’m human and still a relative newbie wearing this writer’s jacket. It made me think I need to toughen up.
Then I saw a list of the 30 Harshest Author Insults over on flavorwire, including:
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” // William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway
“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?” // Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner
“He’s a full-fledged housewife from Kansas with all the prejudices.” // Gore Vidal on Truman Capote
Devious stuff. Got an author you love to hate? Someone who is over-rated? Embrace your inner critic and rant about them here in today's quick-write.
Quick-write a review of your least favorite author in 50 words or less.
Here's SoulPancake's Melina Coogan to get us started:
Jodi Picoult, and she’s from my home town, or nearly. But my god, how many times can a child die from cancer and then get burned alive in one book? Tragedy as a cheap replacement for plot, ugh. And she’s rich as hell. @melinacoogan