Lit crit and a lot of snipped stuff
ven at vvcrane.fsnet.co.uk
Wed Jun 6 17:12:49 EDT 2001
> FWIW, I am well aware that All Authors Are Not etc.- either version
> will do. And I hope I didn't appear to be arguing against your
> reaction to JA, Ven. Had you said you read Persuasion and found it
> boring, or dreary, or moralistic, I wouldn't even have blinked.
> Well, maybe that's not quite true, but I wouldn't have insisted the
> book was wonderful because I find it wonderful. No, really!
> It's somewhat as if a friend had told you she hated DWJ because she'd
> read F&H and having been told that Polly was pretty much DWJ
> herself, felt that Polly was hateful as she was just rottenly
> unsympathetic to Ivy.
I've been enjoying the argument very much Hallie, and all the
ensuing discussion from everyone. I can't find the right metaphor,
so I'll just have to say that I feel like someone who has just tossed
something troublesome into the middle of a pack of somethings,
that are easily stirred up, and now I'm hiding round the
corner,grinning with glee, and hoping you,re all enjoying it as much
as I am. (btw the problem with the metaphor is that you are
obviously not ants or wasps) I have to say that I know my reaction
to JA is intemperate and only sketchily argued <g>. It was forged
as a reaction to having to study her books -- as a coping
mechanism I set myself to analysing what I thought was wrong
with them. It was only yesterday, in conversation with Sarah, my
good mate who also likes Dwj and Austen, that I realised why JA
continues to bug me so much -- it's because of people like you and
Sarah, whose opinions I respect and who usually share my literary
tastes -- I just can't understand it! However I also realise that,
unlikely as it may be for me to start liking JA, its still more likely
than my persuading you all to hate her..............
> I really am well and truly aware of the fact that my reactions to
> books and characters therein are not necessarily going to bear any
> close approximation to the reactions of others.
Goes for me too, of course.
Oh no! I was just about to send this and another digest came in --
I'm so behind on my replies now that I guess I really have been
hiding round the corner.
Don't vote, it only encourages them
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