J L wrote:I did not read this thread. I was too shocked how long it got in just a few days.
But I wanted to ask: Is it save to say that Ayn Rand and the emotions she sparks are a very ... American thing?
Cause I never heard of her over here (Germany) until a few years ago. Then I noticed she was referenced again and again: I think my first encounter with her was in Matt Ruff's Sewer, Gas & Electric (which, in my opinion, was seriously flawed by his ostentatious hatred for a writer I hadn't even heard about). Next time I met her was in a Twilight parody, then in Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower, in which she is the only author (along with William Burroughs, sort of) that doesn't receive open praise in the book. Next time, Bert Cooper in Mad Men tries to convince people they should read her work. All in all, she seems to possess a remarkably polarizing effect on people: for some she seems to be an all-American (immigrant) saint, and others seem to feel an irresistible need to make fun of her. And at the same time, from a European perspective, it's very hard to understand why so much attention is being paid to her at all.
Europe is probably better off for not paying her too much mind. This thread alone should probably be enough to convince you that she's too polarizing to be worth it. But here's an article that should give you an idea of why she's still so relevant in the US and why opinions on her differ so strongly. http://www.gq.com/entertainment/books/2 ... untainhead
And since this article is extremely negative about Rand, I'm expecting an angry rebuttal shortly.