Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Why we love bad writing - Laura Miller - Salon.com

Why we love bad writing - Laura Miller - Salon.com
Decent little bit of condescending analysis from Salon.com. The best part of the article is the quote from a CS Lewis article on the same subject.

"... because it is immediately recognizable. 'My blood ran cold' is a hieroglyph of fear. Any attempt, such as a great writer might make, to render this fear concrete in its full particularity, is doubly a chokepear to the unliterary reader. For it offers him what he doesn't want, and offers it only on the condition of his giving to the words a kind and degree of attention which he does not intend to give. It is like trying to sell him something he has no use for at a price he does not wish to pay."