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    Literature Criticism Examples

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Phoenix Hikari, Feb 21, 2013.

    I had no idea where to ask this, so I am putting it here.

    Recently I have stumbled across an online book-ebook or whatever you want to call it. This book of 157 pages is called (Destiny Unfulfilled) and it's a thorough critique of the Harry Potter series. I found it very educative and actually have learned a lot about writing from reading this book. What I am trying to say is reading literature Criticism articles about other authors' work can help establish a sense of knowing about what to avoid in writing fiction.

    My question is: does any of you have more examples of such books/articles that I can look at and read? I don't mind if the book it talks about is one I haven't read, I will read it. If you can name some for me, I'd be grateful.

    By the way, I strongly recommend reading Destiny Unfulfilled. You can find it online.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up - just purchased the book for 1.19 dollars. Description says 'not for Harry Pottter fans'!
     
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    From what I've read of this book (I don't own it) the author is right on, and I share a lot of his opinions to be honest. I've always disliked Harry Potter though, so I'm not the type to be completely fair.
     
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    "Mimesis" by Erich Auerbach.
     
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    When you say "criticism", are you talking about the study and discussion of books, or are you talking about an in-depth review of books? I've seen the word "criticism" used to mean both those things, so I just wanted to make sure we're on the same page.
     
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    I love the HP series and I've read it many times but I couldn't help agreeing with the author of Destiny Unfulfilled. After all, every write has flaws in it and it is these flaws that I want to study in order to improve my editing and writing skills.


    I mean the in-depth review of books. I can see the confusion between the two as I myself have tried to look on the internet but instead always found results about what is Literature reviewing rather than individual book reviews.
     
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    I've read about 20% of Destiny Unfulfilled, but I am handicapped as I haven't read a single Harry Potter book, or watched a film right the way through. Though I am still picking up some of the points.

    Sometimes there are some great books on 'how to write' on Amazon. Amazon have a marketing scheme that lets authors offer their ebooks for free for a given amount of time (think it is 3 days out of 90?).

    Today there are three FREE books - two of them I have read within half an hour each, the other has more too it. Some may think the books are rubbish, but I don't and I've picked up quite a few pointers from them.

    The Prolific Writer - a minimalist guide to prolific writing http://www.amazon.com/The-Prolific-Writer-Minimalists-ebook/dp/B009MP40V4

    What Did You Say (for brushing up your grammar) - http://www.amazon.com/What-Did-You-Say-ebook/dp/B00B39ZGQK

    How to Write a New York Times Bestseller in Ten Easy Steps (authors language is a bit ripe) - http://www.amazon.com/Write-Times-Bestseller-Original-ebook/dp/B00APGOO38

    The prices could have gone up, so keep an eye. For UK peeps, just change the .com in amazon.com to .co.uk , same for other countries.
     
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    In the course of a year, I read almost 20 books on 'How to Write'. Free and bought, one of them which stuck out as a great read was 'How not to write a novel'. However, I was more interested in reading Critical Reviewing of books, they sort of have stronger examples and make a better case of showing what to avoid and what to keep in mind while writing novels.
     
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    Apologies, should have started a new thread on the free books, I just thought they would sit okay in this thread.

    There is an ebook on Amazon (a free classic), "How Shakespere Came to Write the Tempest" by Rudyard Kipling - maybe worth a look.
     
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    Nothing was disturbed. I actually got the books you mentioned and plan to sit and read them, sometimes they are more fascinating than writing a story. lol

    Thanks for helping.
     

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