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Parker’s Myths of Literature
- The author has a contract with the reader.
- Authors are always open and honest about their works.
- Authors are the ones that know the most about what they have written.
- Authors that write highly poetic and evocative prose are better writers.
- Authors that write difficult, complex novels are only writing to impress college professors.
- Authors that write difficult, complex prose or highly allusive prose are not being considerate of their readers.
- Authors that leave out punctuation or paragraph breaks or fail to attribute every piece of dialogue are purposely making it hard for the reader.
- Authors with Creative Writing School credentials are the best writers.
- The author probably used your Aunt Martha as the model for his character in the novel.
- The author wants you to think about Aunt Martha and not waste time thinking about the character in the novel that reminded you of your Aunt.
- A novel that has at least one character that reminds you of one of your relatives or friends is a superior novel.
- A novel must have at least one likable character to identify with.
- Characters in a novel must be believable.
- A setting, if important to the novel, can be considered a character.
- The quality of the book’s cover is an accurate gauge of the quality of the book.
- The price of the book is an accurate gauge of the quality of the book.
- The bigger and fatter and heavier a book is, the better it is.
- Your liking a novel is what makes it good.
- If the publisher says a novel is an “instant classic” you can count on it being excellent.
- The value and popularity of a novel is defined solely within the text of the novel and is not affected by movie deals, talk show endorsements, or Three-for-Two sales at Barnes and Noble.
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