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  •  I love this idea (5+ / 0-)
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    cfk, StellaRay, melpomene1, Limelite, Brecht

    of greatness as the power to draw a reader into a genre he never reads.

    In my long life of reading, I have found that this talent knows no genre specifically, and can in fact, invite folks into a genre they'd never otherwise explore.
    •  If an author can spin a tale (5+ / 0-)

      with that mystic brew of good writing, great characters and exquisite plotting, any subject becomes engaging and engrossing. This has been my experience, over and over again.

      Even in Non-Fiction.  I think of Erik Larson's "Devil in the White City" and his "In the Belly of the Beast," both true stories in a fashion, but it was up to Larson to make them real.  True and real are not always synonomous.  Many a non fiction writer buries the real by not daring to imagine his subject and characters beyond the facts available.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:07:36 PM PST

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