woensdag 23 oktober 2013

The Da Vinci Ring with fifty Shades of a Hogwarts Lord


It seems that the only thing literary (?) agents are interested in these days, are bestsellers. Shouldn’t they purify their identity and change it to book agents? A lot of agencies claim on their websites that they are looking for real character driven plots, writing that’s crisp and sparkling and more literary clichĂ©’s. When you take a look at the list of authors they represent it’s often the would-be J.K.Rowling, a fake Dan Brown (who perhaps is the real Dan Brown), fantasy stuff that would make Tolkien roll over in his grave and erotic books without any nuances. Literature means: books, poems, etc. that are considered to be art:

Don’t get me wrong. It is okay that there’s fantasy, science fiction, horror, erotica, youth, chicklit or whatever. It’s the pretentious way agents say they represent literature that annoys me. Let them say honestly: ‘If Proust came knocking on my door, I wouldn’t open it.’

David de Wolf, author of Solace of Stone