Friday, December 7, 2012

Flannery Fridays QOTW: A Wild and Weird Kind of Hope.

Wild and weird self-portrait

“Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”

I love this quote because it gives me permission to rant. Having just finished a (nearly)awful book, this delicious quote by Flannery could not have been more timely. Okay, that was a clunky sentence. What I meant was this: I dislike the book I just finished reading, so I searched for the Flannery quote that would justify my distaste for it. Voila! I found it! Here's the kicker: the book I just finished reading is a bestseller and has a gajillion reviews touting it's greatness, conveniently located in the first few pages. What they should really be celebrating, if you will, is it's mediocrity, because that's what it is--mediocre. Not good enough to be bad and not great enough to be good. Just BLECH.

In a strange sort of way, the book gives me hope. Rather than just lamenting about all the junk that's out there, I can participate in the creative process and write the stuff I want to read. Maybe one day one of my stories will get published.