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Yesterday, At The Atlantic

I wrote about Cee-Lo’s track on the Twilight soundtrack, and the accompanying music video, at my own spot.And at Ta-Nehisi’s, I spun off on our discussions of George R.R. Martin to write about how much space authors should give their readers and how much work they should hope for them (or allow them) to do. The discussion’s terrific, and I highly encourage you to check it out. I particularly like this fan’s credo from ralphdibny:

Different people look for different things in their fiction, and their preferences say much more about them than the authors. Some readers do want to use fiction as a jumping off point. When one of those kind of readers says “I don’t care for Tolkien,” that statement doesn’t mean “Tolkien is rubbish and you are a fool for liking him.” It simply means “Tolkien’s fiction doesn’t allow me to achieve my primary goal as a reader.”

That’s worth keeping in mind in these kinds of conversations, I think.

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