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Re: Writers you love for writing

Postby TheAmazingRando » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:48 am UTC

darwinwins wrote:he doesn't exactly force you to strain your brain when reading.

Seconded. Gaiman is a damn fine storyteller, he doesn't pretend to be more than that and he doesn't need to be.

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Re: Writers you love for writing

Postby Zohar » Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:21 am UTC

TheAmazingRando wrote:
darwinwins wrote:he doesn't exactly force you to strain your brain when reading.

Seconded. Gaiman is a damn fine storyteller, he doesn't pretend to be more than that and he doesn't need to be.


Thirded. I don't think that someone needs to be deep and philosophical to be good (they can be, but they don't have to). I think his stories are creative and engaging, his characters very well built and developed, the attention to atmosphere sucking me deeper into his world. It's true that his stories are mostly that - stories. No specific moral or nothing new to learn, but I would certainly not want him to force it down.

I think that in some ways he reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki. I'd love to live in practically any world Miyazaki created. If Gaiman were to try and create a pleasant world, one not filled with so much horror, I think I might enjoy it. Then again, I also love his creepy stuff. :-)
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Re: Writers you love for writing

Postby Ebeth » Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:03 pm UTC

i think all reading is as deep as you want to take it. obviously gaiman's not the most philosophical author ever but i still think it's more than just a good story, although that's certainly all it can be if that's what you want.

Zohar wrote:If Gaiman were to try and create a pleasant world, one not filled with so much horror, I think I might enjoy it. Then again, I also love his creepy stuff. :-)


actually living in a world of his would be scary :P with most fantasy, when i try to picture myself in it i really don't fit with the story. much as i would love to go on adventures and all, i'd be the one saying "you go on, i'm just going to chill here in the fairy marketplace or whatever"

oh, so i was reading some plato earlier (phaedo and apology, first-time reads for me) and it was some really good writing! I wasn't a big fan of republic, but i really liked how this one was written. i suppose those two were written more for entertainment.
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Re: Writers you love for writing

Postby Narsil » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:15 am UTC

Zohar wrote:I think that in some ways he reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki. I'd love to live in practically any world Miyazaki created. If Gaiman were to try and create a pleasant world, one not filled with so much horror, I think I might enjoy it. Then again, I also love his creepy stuff. :-)
Funny you should say that. Gaiman wrote the English script for Spirited Away.

Anyway, I don't think Gaiman is one of the most influential writers ever, but he doesn't try to write things that are world-shattering or philosophical. What Gaiman offers is simple escapism that doesn't require you turn your brain off.
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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:51 am UTC

Ebeth wrote:oh, so i was reading some plato earlier (phaedo and apology, first-time reads for me) and it was some really good writing! I wasn't a big fan of republic, but i really liked how this one was written. i suppose those two were written more for entertainment.


Keep in mind that that's probably pretty heavily influenced by the translator.
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Re: Writers you love for writing

Postby VisionsAndRevisions » Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:55 am UTC

I second a lot of what has already been said! Don Delilo, Joyce, John Milton, T.S. Eliot, Nabokov. Nabokov so much that I'm writing my senior thesis on his later work. Reading Nabokov brings me a certain kind of joy that literally (haha no pun intended) nothing else can provide. Also Shakespeare, obv, and lately I'm totally in love with the South American poets...Pablo Neruda, Lorca, et cet. I don't read Spanish (lamentably!), but I get the editions with the Spanish on one side and the translations on the other side, and I secretly read the Spanish text out loud to myself when I'm alone, just so I can hear it. :)

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Postby Ebeth » Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:17 pm UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:Keep in mind that that's probably pretty heavily influenced by the translator.


probably *needs to learn more latin* It wasn't so much just word choice though, it was good logic and interesting stories, which is a part of writing.

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Re: Writers you love for writing

Postby Narsil » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:21 am UTC

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Narsil wrote:I will fight you to the death on that one. The Scarlet Letter was agonizing. I'm pretty sure all 200 pages were just one long sentence.


Heh, maybe this is why David Foster Wallace gets no love on this board. I've mentioned him before.

He wrote 1000 pages and I gulped it down. Infinite Jest. Amazing book.

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Funny you should say that. This post made me go out and buy Infinite Jest on a whim, nothing else known about the book, and it hasn't left my hand for the past two weeks. Wallace is indeed an amazing writer. One part that's really stuck out in my mind so far (I'm up to pg. 330-ish) has been the episode depicting Mario and his birth and life so far. I like how you feel shock, disgust (made me a bit queasy), sympathy, and finally a love for the character. All very fluid.

And definitely, the Seirpinski Gasket comparison is spot-on. The story just keeps expanding in both directions, covering the plot that's happening now and at the same time working backwards through the troubled Incandenza family history, again, all seamlessly.

So thanks for the recommendation, I guess. Really turned me on to an awesome book that deserves way more attention.
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Re: Writers you love for writing

Postby j'suis tres chic » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:50 am UTC

William Shakespeare, of course.

And I really love Edgar Allen Poe, despite his overuse of adjectives. I mean... well... his overuse of adjectives is the point.

And I haven't read all of Charles Dickens' books, but I enjoyed the style of A Tale of Two Cities. Example "France... rolled with exceeding smoothness down hill" [Probably the reason I love it so much is I was assigned to read it for school a long time ago, and wasn't really looking forward to it, and then read the aforequoted sentence, and realized he had a sense of humor.]

I love Dorothy Sayers' style, and her characters are excellent as well.

Douglas Adams makes me laugh, I enjoy his style, but obviously not in a great-literature type of way.

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Re: Writers you love for writing

Postby ozroller » Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:50 pm UTC

More than any other writer, Bret Easton Ellis just outright exhausts me when I read his stuff.
I think it's because he has such a meticulous, exacting writing style. He describes *everything* in a given scene, even the tiny inconsequential details. It works wonderfully at setting the tone and mood of his books.

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Re: Writers you love for writing

Postby Number3Pencils » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:37 pm UTC

Bill Bryson!
He makes the most mundane things, and I mean even the incredibly mundane, hilarious. That takes a real talent. I don't read a lot of nonfiction, but I can tell you Bryson is maybe the only nonficton auhor I've read who makes me actually love reading about the stuff.
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