Monday, June 06, 2011

Over Inflated Egos Thrive in the Literary World

Okay, I'm not one to give a lot of attention to people with superiority complexes but when they diss my gender...well, that warrants a closer look.

VS Naipaul finds no woman writer his literary match – not even Jane Austen
Nobel laureate says there is no female author whom he considers his equal  

He uses terms like Literary match, Feminine sentimentality, and Limited worldview.  I'm not sure who labeled the man 'the greatest living writer of English prose' but I'll gladly take credit for labeling him the 'greatest misogynistic bore of modern prose'. 

One of the things I've always said about writing is that the fiction author should be invisible. That includes the author's gender. Naipaul says he can determine the author's gender within a paragraph or two. He apparently even created a 'test'.

 I took the 'The Naipaul test: Can you tell an author's sex?' and honestly, I found it almost as boring as Naipaul. But then again, maybe it's my Limited Worldview. Or my feminine sensibility that makes me think him boring. Or maybe it's his snobby attitude.

For the record, I got about 75% correct, including the paragraph from Naipaul which I found emotionally detached and remote. And, to be honest, somewhat trite and over done. So much for the 'greatest living writer of English prose'.

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