….but which Authors will be remembered a century from now?

…one of the things I LUV about meeting up with other scribblers is the healthy discussions about this, that and everything else under the sun… but particularly regarding anything to do with quill-scraping… last night I was among pals at the Bahrain Writers Circle in Manama… I’ve no idea how the topic wandered round to the issue of comparison of modern writers with the Literary Giants of yesteryear… not so much a comparison of the quality of writing, but of how the Great God Amazon’s charts, fr’example, carry tons of negative reviews for legendary names such as Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, F.Scott Fitzgerald, and others of that lofty ink ilk…

dickens                                                                                                                                                                               DICKENS

…I’ve seen them myself… three-star, two-star, and lowly one-star attributions… the point was put that perhaps the readership and market demands are different… of that I feel there is no doubt, but the further discussion about quality of writing, posited that p’raps the quality of readership has changed… interesting observation… certainly, the onset off the eBooks phenomenon has brought a sea-change to the entire publishing industry…

shakespeare

                                                                                                                                                                           SHAKESPEARE

…but in my not so ‘umble view, Mabel, I think we may merely be witnessing a transition of ‘how people get to read’… rather than a switch away from superb scriber standards… fr’instance, the sheer volume of new titles coming on stream daily through the established channels is being multiplied by the surge of free downloadable names on the internet… I am certain that thousands, if not tens of thousands of these downloads will remain forever unread on the virtual devices where they currently sit… the ‘fads’ of JONGRRS that we see now, especially so with YA readership, I believe will eventually be replaced with other JONGRRS… and it occurs to me that most of the aforementioned Lions of Literature from centuries ago probably never even had an inkling of the concept of JONGRR… these ‘oldies’ wrote stories… immense narrative… word-smithing at its highest level… true author craftsmen and craftswomen… sure, there are plenty of ‘pulpish’ paperback and hardback production in circulation now… as anyone who can tap at a computer can instantly put their wee masterpieces onto the virtual marketplace with a touch of a keyboard stroke… but which Authors will be remembered a century from now?

milton

                                                                                                                                                                                  MILTON

…I’d hazard a guess that Messrs Steinbeck, O’Hara, Shakespeare, Milton et al will still be to the fore… regardless of the ‘minus 7-star’ reviews they’ll prob’ly attract on whatever may be the successor to Amazon a hundred years from now… what do yeez think?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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10 responses to “….but which Authors will be remembered a century from now?

  1. I’d hazard a guess that Tolkien will still be considered a classic and perhaps J K Rowling will be there because she has encouraged children to read and to imagine. Those kinds of books are timeless.

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  2. There will always be negative reviews, Seumas, regardless of the quality of the writing. The writer can never please everyone. If someone reviewed something I wrote, I’d follow the advice that’s been given and just not read the negative reviews. Of course, if there were a lot of them, I’d check my work to see if I could better it. I think that books by writers like Agatha Christie and J.K. Rowling will continue to be popular as well as the older classics. I also think that thrillers like the ones you and other authors have written will continue to be enjoyed. Readers need escape from everyday problems.

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    • …when first i received reviews of any kind, I was ‘into’ them trying to decipher whether this was the kind of thing that would propel me into literary stardom …the first negative two-star review pierced my breast like a dagger… I checked the reviewer and noted he had only ever done one other review,,, and that was for John Grisham, to whom he awarded an even lower, one-star review… since then, I take them all with a huge dollop of salt… but, of course, it’s heartening to have people take the time to do a review, and my wee babies have given me tangential pleasure by attracting almost 250 reviews in total now.. yeeee hawwww! :):)

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  3. Well said indeed Shay-muss! Sometimes I, also, think the type of review is often a reflection of the writer of that review. And I’d like to see Solzhenitsyn on your list – Kipling – oh and so many others.

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    • ..agreed, as with work-related personnel reviews, it usually tells you more about the reviewer than the reviewee… and I agree on Solzhintsyn, Kipling,and prob’ly up to a thousand more who blazed the trail before us … cheers, m’Lady 🙂

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  4. We all (we oldsters anyway) can reel off a whole long list of classic authors, almost all dead. It’s a lot harder to say which of those who are still with us will make it into our children’s list of classics. They seem to confuse ‘popular now this minute’ with ‘transcending fashion and trends’. They’re forever making me listen to wailing women or evil sounding gangsta rappers and being astonished that I’ve never heard of either the song or the creature ‘singing’ it. ‘But it’s a classic!” Came out last month. Next month the classic will be forgotten. Same with books I’d say.

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  5. Cate Russell-Cole

    If Terry Pratchett is forgotten, I’ll eat his hat. He has to go into the cultural classics, he just has to.

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