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(with great affection for English teachers, since my mom taught high school English and English/Literature classes were always my favorites in school)

Anybody remember dissecting all those poems, short stories, plays and novels in high school and college Literature classes? I loved those classes so much. I was always really good at bullshitting my way through all that when I didn’t understand what all the symbolism was supposed to mean. Which I often didn’t. My brain just isn’t wired that way, I guess. I’m pretty straightforward. If I ask a question, I don’t have any hidden agenda, I actually want to know the answer. So it confuses me if people answer one way when what they mean is actually the opposite. I hate that.

Lately, I’ve begun to realize that this is the reason I will never write a Great Work of Literature. Okay, well, one reason. I guess there are others. Like the fact that I write romance and not many people consider romance to be Great Literature, but that’s a whole other blog *g* In all seriousness, though, it does seem as though a work of Literature has to have multiple layers of meaning (among other things) to be considered Great. Deliberately adding in symbolism and layers of meaning isn’t really one of my best things, nor is it something I’m particularly interested in trying. I actually prefer a more straightforward story. Maybe this is why I’ve always loved adventure tales.

I’m fine sticking with genre novels. Gay romance has been good to me. I don’t need to write any Great Literature. I’m happy enough reading it :)

Written by Ally Blue

Ally is a rich and famous author of hot gay manlove. She travels the world in her private jet, being waited on hand and foot by her team of pretty young men who bring her umbrella drinks and make out for her pleasure . . . Okay, so that's her dream life. Her novels of Manlove & Angst are mostly written in her living room, in between working at the Evil Day Job and doing Mom Stuff. Oh, the glamorous life of an author!
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"Ally Writes A Work Of Great Literature… or not…" by Ally Blue was published on June 19th, 2012 and is listed in Ally Blue.

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Comments on "Ally Writes A Work Of Great Literature… or not…": 6 Comments

  1. Z.Allora wrote,

    I adored all the analysis and psychobabble involved in dissecting works of literature… I should have paid more attention to grammar and writing skills…
    You don’t know this but I know things… I know in the future the lovely sexy books written in the gay romance venue will be the foundation of a new and glorious civilization. Just saying we are writing great literature… ahead of its time.
    Big hugs to you and to everyone who is writing the basis of the world’s future happiness…

  2. Tam wrote,

    I’m pretty straight forward too. I don’t get a lot of symbolism unless it’s spelled out for me clearly. I remember I was taking an English lit course in the summer at university and we were studying a poem by e.e. cummings. There was the name of a woman in the poem and when we were discussing it the prof goes “and his nanny *name of woman*” and someone pipes up, how do you know he meant the nanny, maybe it was some other woman. She just looked at him and said “I asked the author, he told me”. Oh. Okay. No hidden layers, it was just the nanny. LOL

  3. Z.Allora wrote,

    okay come on male erotic romance writers… fess up… all those hot sex scenes really are a reflection on society and how if we toil hard enough, long enough… we’ll get some really good out of it… lolol hugs, z.

  4. Ally Blue wrote,

    Tam, LOL! That’s awesome. I’m jealous that your teacher knew e.e. cummings well enough to ask him personally about a poem, wow!

    Z, ha, I like the way you think *g* Gay Romance Prophets! LOL. Cool :D

  5. blade wrote,

    As always, Ally, you crack my ass up. On a personal level, when my son brought home his reading list for his lit classes (he’s in high school), every damned book was written in the 20th century and invariably depressing. Apparently, “great literature” must be relatively modern and never have a happy ending. And heaven forbid it be the least bit fun to read. I would always think “If we’re trying to encourage our kids to read, shouldn’t at least some of the books be enjoyable?” Anyway, to balance it out, I suggested my son read Dumas, Moliere, Tolkien, etc. during the summers. He loved them and it was those books that encouraged him to read more.

  6. Chris Muldoon wrote,

    Young adult author John Green says that books belong to the readers, not the authors. He has said in multiple youtube videos (he and his brother have a very popular channel) that the intent of the author is significantly less interesting and important than the insight the reader is able to glean and apply to the living of their own lives. And in that, I find most books have equal (or very similar) literary worth. Although, there are admittedly many books that are just fun fluff. They have their place, though I would argue it isn’t in the bettering of mankind.

    All that being said, I love that this website exists:

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