Stephen King lets readers in on how he feels about his career thus far, his favorite TV shows of the last 15 years, and what he has coming up next. The Q&A below, however, had me beaming because I, too, hate the kind of elitism that comes with judging books by their genres:
What do you make of this surge in sales for young-adult books? There’s a whole school of critics that say too many adults are reading them.
It’s just crazy. I read all of the Harry Potter books, and I really liked ‘em. I don’t approach any books in terms of genre saying that “This is young adult,” or “This is a romance,” or science fiction, or whatever. You read them because you read them. Someone asked me recently, “Have you ever considered writing a book for young people? You know, a YA novel?” And I said, “All of them.” Because I don’t see that genre thing.
And that’s what I love about King—he’s not just a “horror writer.” He writes science fiction and suspense and sociopolitical commentary. He’s a writer. No adjective. Just a writer.
Such historical treasures include:
Poring over the lot, I must’ve uttered, “Oh my God,” a hundred times, followed by…
Yuvi Zalkow shares his experiences with the iPhone 6 Plus as a writing machine:
Of course I wrote this piece on it. portrait in byword But a blog post is amateur hour for what this thing can do. I’ve also been working on my 10,000-word short story on it. And my 75,000-word novel. (Sadly, no, the device didn’t fix my glaring plot holes and character issues.)
He says his laptop still plays a heavy part in his process due to apps like Scrivener, but I’m wondering how that might change once Scrivener for iOS is released. Regardless, I’m very much looking forward to picking up my own 6 Plus in the near future.
For the second episode, I talk with Romance author Megan Erickson about her “Bowler University” New Adult book series, what New Adult means to her, and the dichotomy between the books she read growing up and the romance novels she ended up writing as an adult.
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ᔥ The New York Review of Books:
Intelligent writers can produce intelligent prose using almost any instrument, but the medium in which they write will always have some more or less subtle effect on their prose. Karl Popper famously denounced Platonic politics, and the resulting fantasies of a closed, unchanging society, in his book The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945). When I work in Word, for all its luxuriant menus and dazzling prowess, I can’t escape a faint sense of having entered a closed, rule-bound society. When I write in WordPerfect, with all its scruffy, low-tech simplicity, the world seems more open, a place where endings can’t be predicted, where freedom might be real.
I will never understand how people write entire books in Microsoft Word.