In the early Internet days, during a time when there were tons of literary agent blogs from which to pick and choose, I read an interesting post by a literary agent about how fiction evolves. In short, she said that a great many of the classic novels we know and love from the past would most likely never be published today because no one would bother to read them. At the time I didn't quite get that, but I do now. And it's a topic that always creates controversy from those who have not been published yet.
It's really not a "controversial" post, but I put that in quotes because so many people seem to want to argue this point.
To put this in a different perspective, writing fiction is a lot like comedy. The jokes that were funny 100 years ago...or even 50 years ago...just aren't as funny today. Communication and language evolve over time. Everything changes.
In any event, here's an excerpt from Anne R. Allen's Post...
Reading the classics of world literature is a great way to educate yourself and learn how the power of words can expand the mind and increase our knowledge of the human condition. We can learn a huge amount from them. All writers need to read the masters.
But it’s not a good idea to imitate them when we write our own books–or assume that reading War and Peace will teach us everything there is to know about writing fiction.
You can read the entire post in full, here. One of the things I'm always conscious of when writing fiction for current markets is the way I add technology. I'm writing about new adults for the most part and if I wasn't up on current tech advances my characters wouldn't be very relevant. Of course if you're writing about senior citizens you might think that's a different story...but not always. My own mom was 80 years old and she was reading e-books on her iPhone just a few years ago.
Beloved Gay Israeli Pop Star Dies
This is sad news about Amir Fryszer Guttman. I'm not overly familiar with his work, but I remember reading about him a few times while searching for various blog posts.
On Sunday, Guttman was vacationing on the beach in Atlit with his family when his 9-year-old niece began struggling in the water. Guttman dove in to help her. He grabbed the girl and lifted her in the air, letting himself bear the brunt of the waves.
When they were eventually pulled to shore by a group of surfers, the child was fine but Guttman had stopped breathing. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead due to organ failure. He was 41-years-old.
There's more here. RIP.
People Are Pissed At the Thought of Prince George Being Gay
This kind of thing always bothers me, and I see it come from ALL directions. I've had reactions to blog posts I've written here about the possibility that Richard Burton may or may not have been gay. The instant you even suggest that someone who isn't supposed to be gay just might be gay certain people go berserk. As if it's a crime to be gay, or there's so much shame in being gay. And I find that mindset insulting and stupid. Because there's NOTHING wrong with being gay.
In the photo, Prince George, who turned four last week, is dressed in a chic red checkered shirt and navy shorts with a slight bend in his knees and his hands on his face. It is perhaps one of the cutest things we’ve ever seen.
But leave it to some internet trolls to ruin it. Shortly after the picture went viral, people began speculating about the child’s sexuality, even cracking jokes about it:
Here's the rest.
A PG Rated Gay Romance
Not All Gay Books Have Sex