ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Tue May 15 23:41:48 EDT 2007
On May 15, 2007, at 9:00 PM, Judith Ridge wrote:
> On 16/5/07 12:28 PM, "Susanna Victoria" <dragonflygreen11 at yahoo.com>
>> Otter Perry wrote:
>>> Speaking of Authorial Comment, do other folk read Lemony
>>> Snicket? I read an article when it was announced the series
>>> was ending, so I went to the library and got the first three.
>>> I don't like them much. And I'm not vastly amused by the
>>> Authorial Comments.
>> Ugh, yes. I Lemony Snicket's Authorial Comments. They are in fact
>> what kept
>> me from ever reading beyond Book 1. I found them all too-too
>> clever and arch. I particularly disliked the ones where he explained
>> meaning of words. I mean, I know he thought he was being funny with
>> definitions, but it seemed condescending towards the reader. In
>> fact, the
>> entire narrative style was condescending.
> I guess you'd have to say that this is a matter of taste. Obviously,
> tens of thousands of kids who love the books don't find it
> Authorial comment, it seems to me, is a technique you either can
> accept or
> you loathe. I can't otherwise explain such polarised views on
> books for children which employ it—Snicket, Despereaux, Clair de
I don't necessarily object to authorial comment. But I don't like
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