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  •  "start with a water slide and go into white water" (2+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, Monsieur Georges

    I agree, in that Contemporary Fiction is often looking for excitement, and always for aliveness and some level of shock: new perspectives, insights, feelings, wordplay...

    If it keeps you up to 4am, it's got something in it which is the opposite of tiring, and tired.

    Romance writing in its pure form is ballet, and many like it pure. There are plenty of authors who don't write Romance, but add some of that ballet to their writing. Even in Austen, where the ending is always intended to be apt and happy, there is this argument going on, between the ideal morality which we want to prevail, and the awkward contingencies of a real world where good people suffer and scoundrels sometimes get away with it.

    Life is rough. I think we all keep a bit of ballet in our hearts.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 02:12:17 PM PST

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