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Are readers changing and what does that mean to writers?

Fascinating and thought provoking discussion about changes occurring for readers, writers, and publishers that are caught in today’s pursuit of pop culture.

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A friend of mine is an old-school, English major sort of guy. He was extolling the virtues of literature as we once knew it: contemplative novels; long treatises on the nature of the human condition; and “serious” novels chosen by a small cabal of unknown gatekeepers. His eyes gleamed for the nostalgia of MFA glories, tiny lit mag aspirations and the New York Times bestseller lists of old world, analog publishing.

This is the sort of conversation that takes me places I didn’t expect to go. Only in talking it out, and writing it out here, have I discovered and understood what I think about New versus Old writing, reading and publishing.

The “issue” is, have readers’ tastes changed?

All generalizations weaken questions and answers, but there’s validity waiting down there in the dark. Let’s delve.

Pre-WWII, many schools in the first world taught Latin and Greek. Long recitations of…

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  1. October 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Very interesting article, Dave. Thanks for sharing! I’m curious, I heard so much chatter about Breaking Bad, did you watch it?

    • October 9, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Ha ha. Oh man, don’t get me started on Breaking Bad. I did watch it, from beginning to end, and thought it was one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever watched. It’s practically a study in character development, interpersonal conflict, and creating tension in almost every scene/episode that just keeps bringing you back for more. Highly recommended if you can take the subject matter. After all, it’s a guy dying from lung cancer who gets involved in producing meth to make enough money to take care of his family when he dies. Sounds crazy, but the story works. Oh, and it is violent, and there are times you sit there and ask yourself what just happened. If nothing else, try watching the first season (6 episodes) on netflix and see what you think. You’ll either hate it, or love it. I suppose that’s good, right? Just like any book we may write, you want some sort of response, good or bad, rather than nothing 🙂 If you check it out, let me know what you think.

      Don’t know if you follow Kate Sparke’s blog, but she recently posted about Breaking Bad. Check out what she had to say:

      http://disregardtheprologue.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/great-storytelling-breaking-bad/

      • October 10, 2013 at 5:14 am

        Loved your reply, Dave.:) I’ll explain my experience with Breaking Bad. I guess I had my head in the sand because up until the week of the series finale, I’d never heard of the show. I don’t watch much TV. One day while on my treadmill, I stumbled across the show and I got hooked. They were having a marathon with back to back episodes for hours. After I finished my workout, I stayed glued to the TV for hours. I don’t really know where the episodes I watched fell into the order of the series, but I decided I wanted to watch from start to finish. I didn’t watch the finale, although I heard on the radio what happened. It’s been years since I’ve gotten sucked into a show like that. Thanks for your input and I’ll definitely check out Kate’s post. Thanks for the link!

  2. November 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    That was a fascinating article. Thanks for sharing– a writer’s life is a fascinating thing (not mine though lol) .

    • November 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Ha … yes it was. I have to agree with you about a writer’s life. Seems every other’s life is fascinating except mine 🙂

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