are the canon writers like cervantes and shakespeare just too good or is the average person/writer just mediocre as fuck?
I don't buy the genius label people use on them.
I do believe someone in 2015 with enough IQ and really studying the rules of writing, like figures of speech, storytelling, hero's journey, script writing, poetrhy, read the basis of philosophy, economy, psychology, teology, sociology (by basis I mean, intro first year college books at least), have read at least the western canon, etc, could produce something of better quality than older...
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Thoughts to ponder:
How does Ligotti build on Lovecraft's work?
How does Ligotti's style enhance or rather, find its own voice through emulation?
Why did Ligotti go through such painstaking effort to expound upon his nihilistic stance? Is Rust truly a Ligotti condensed?
What do you think about endgame to Ligotti's stories? Do they pack a punch or fizzle away and is that a strength or a capitulation? Is ambiguity a retreat emphasizing a breakup with Lovecraft?
Which lesser writers fall under this tradition apart from Laird Barron?
I'm reading his Conspiracy.... right now (literally right now) and although it flows well and is very entertaining, I don't really see anything that I haven't already read elsewhere etc. I mean the first quarter is basically a defence and justifcation for Zappfe''s 2000 word argument against procreation. The next quarter is a mockery of reasons to live and a justification of the pessimist worldview. I'm halfway through right now.
>we want the star wars audience
FUCK YOU LEMONY SNICKET WHAT WAS THE SUGAR BOWL AND WHAT DOES VFD STAND FOR?
Lets have ASoUE thread I guess
What's your favorite brew to drink while reading?
Best nyrb? Besides Stoner?
Is this series worth reading? Any fans here on /lit/? I've been reading classics mainly and I'm looking for something light to hold me over until I start college in January.
Currently reading a PDF of it, seems like a fun series and I'm considering buying it. Thoughts?
Long time fan. Actually, Hitchiker's guide is pretty much my bible. It being a reminder to me that nobody has any idea what they're talking about and it's always more complicated than it seems and the whole thing is obsurd. Life, that is. In short, it's an amazing series but I think it should have ended after "So long, and thanks for all the fish"
That ending was absolutely perfect and the following book was meh.
Let's post our favorite novels, then other anons judge you based on your selection.
decent taste OP, it's a shame you're a pleb who only likes his most famous novels
here's an original one for /lit/
ah well, it's the truth
I hated the second and third book of the hunger games and some of the Harry Potter books. I also hated 1984 and the mist.
Book of Disquiet
I'm a canon-whore and heard good things about it from both NEETs and normies. After reading it I kind of realized I'm neither. It was unbearable and I love exit-level literature.
Has /lit/ ever asked a professor for an extension on an assignment? Ever been denied?I just did and I feel pathetic.
Look, if you can finish it, and the teacher gave you the extension, you should be happy and use it as a learning experience to FUCKING DO YOUR GOD DAMN HOMEWORK YOU FUCKING SHITHEAD CLASSICS MAJOR HOLY SHIT
I wrote a paper so far in advance that I forgot to bring it to class the day it was due. I asked the prof. if I could run home and bring it to her in under and hour and she said no, I could just write it then. It was a paper that was 6 pages long with references to a movie and two books. It was also a freshman history class. I gave it to her regardless and still got a solid zero on it.
tl;dr Quit being a fucking bitch
Having missed a class meeting I looked at the syllabus to see what we went over. To my shock the term paper was due. I had not thought of a topic, yet alone started a paper at all.
I went to the professor's office hours and spewed some bullshit about a topic idea, and the research I had for it. We had a nice little conversation about it and he gave me another week to turn it in.
I got an A- on it.
I am looking for a book like pic related. It's basically a movie about not being happy with yourself. It has a little bit of fantasy and irony in the way the theme is developed.
Also general recommendations thread.
Malkovich malkovich malkovich malkovich, mmm
Does any know of any books where wizards are super powerful and only a small part of the population like in warhammer fantasy or in the elder scrolls lore?
Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
Not exactly wizards, but mistborn are characters with semi-magical powers like wizards and they're extremely rare among the population and are ultra powerful in comparison.
I'll just drop this here
Struggling with writers' block lately. Just don't feel like I'm writing anything of quality, lyrically. Are there any generic habits I can start forming - like maybe writing in a specific formula every day or something - that can help me to improve? Really what is there to do other than simply writing more?
Anybody who thinks that is Nabokov's best novel clearly is just in love with brevity. Nabokov fell in love with the English language, my friend. The proof is in Lolita and Pale Fire, not in Pnin, which is a sad little tale about an inadvertent exile, mistaken for comedy.