Blogs by A. Colin Wright
Likes and Dislikes in Reading
5/19/2009 7:00:15 AM
Well, some people may have liked Sardinian Silver (and the various stories on this site) and some people not. I have been thinking about the whole question of likes or dislikes quite a lot since the novel was published. Obviously, any author wants people to say they really liked his or her book or story but, equally obviously, not everyone is going to do so. And that’s all right. Taste is very much a personal matter, and I know myself that there are best-sellers and major prize-winners that I have abandoned a quarter of the way through simply because they were not to my taste.
The first question usually asked in book groups is “Did you like it?” I ask the same thing myself. When I was teaching Russian literature, the students usually started with “I liked the book” or “I didn’t like it”—regardless of its importance as a work of literature. In my bio I said a few words in general about what I like (works that challenge accepted ideas) and dislike (those that reinforce them).
With one’s own works, of course, one is aware of never being entirely successful, for one usually recognizes their strengths and weaknesses. There are things I’ve written that I now dislike too—although it’s interesting that my own opinion (what is my “best” story, for instance) doesn’t seem to accord with anyone else’s.
The thing about writing is that simply tries to do one’s best, with no guarantee of success or otherwise. All that matters while writing is being completely honest with oneself. And then the decision to publish requires a certain amount of courage, for what will one’s relatives, friends, colleagues think? How much dare one reveal of one's inner life, usually well-hidden?
So for those of you who like what I've written: I"m pleased. And for those who don’t, all I can say is that I did my best. Honestly.
A.Colin Wright's novel Sardinian Silver can be ordered from any bookstore, from www.amazon.com and other amazon sites, www.barnesandnoble.com, and www.iUniverse.com.
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