Fwd: Re: Byatt on Potter

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Sat Jul 12 17:37:19 EDT 2003


Melissa wrote:

>A friend of mine suggested once
>that while fantasy/SF/genre fiction is about answering the question posed,
>literary fiction is about phrasing the question correctly.  If he's right,
>then that means it takes a completely different kind of reading to
>appreciate such fiction.

Is there anything about deciding which questions are worth posing, I wonder?

>At any rate, I think _Possession_ is another exception to the rule.  It's
>got two strong plots, though I prefer the historical one (more of that
>postmodern angst, I guess :).  I read modern lit out of a sense of duty, but
>that one was entirely for pleasure.

I believe it is dedicated to DWJ's sister, so I'm glad to hear it's worth
reading!  (How's that for hauling this unwieldy barge of a discussion back
round to being vaguely on-topic?)

Minnow


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