Parker’s Rules of Literature
- Always doubt what an author tells you about his work.
- It’s fiction, not life.
- Only evaluations within a genre are useful.
- Not everything is symbolic or even important.
- Unfathomable complexity does not automatically signal great writing.
- Simple texts are often complex.
- Uncle Joe and Aunt Mabel were not the models for the characters in the novel you are reading.
- Literature should be read in the context of when it was written and not judged by current standards.
- Non-Fiction is a meaningless term.
- Knowledge of secondary resources is no substitute for knowledge of the primary resource.
- All rules are made to be broken but consider the consequences.
5 thoughts on “Rules”
I called them “Rules” suspecting that “Universal Truths” might be considered too pretentious. But whatever they are called, they are for all readers to laminate on a small bookmark or tattoo on their knuckles or use in any way they desire … be my guest.
This is really, really wonderful. Do you mind if I copy this for personal use?