A note to all mimickers of the “classical” style of literature

This is a note to all mimickers of the “classical” style of literature:

while you were asleep–studying various flavors of fun and fancy hieroglyphs, here’s what you missed: the world has changed.

now, as opposed to then, nearly everyone is literate enough to carry on endlessly–often about nothing. the Enlightenment–among other things–broke the silly, highfalutin nobles’ self-righteous stranglehold on writing. now, nearly everyone can do it.

and now that literature is actually competitive so to it cannever again be effective–that clumsy, long-winded, self-important style–popularized by, for example, those whom Plutarch called the Noble Greeks and Romans as well as whom Hitler called the Master Race.

now, you cannot use a lot to say a little, if you intend to communicate; and you certainly cannot use a structure so haphazard that it cries, “You must follow me!…for I have put words on paper (or on a screen).”

now, you need to be concise, to give understandable context and to provide follow-able structure for what you intend communicate–otherwise you will not “communicate” (aka share with others) sino you will only be a stubborn, self-important relic who nearly no one hears…because they are all too busy–too busy likewise being literate, stubborn, self-important relics who, likewise, no one hears.

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4 Responses to A note to all mimickers of the “classical” style of literature

  1. fidelbogen says:

    Pffft! Populist anti-intellectualism. Throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    Ironically, you might benefit from studying the “classical” style of literature yourself. What I mean is, that your prose could use a bit of help. Quite a bit, actually.

  2. Jack says:

    I would’ve thought you adapt your style to the kind of story you’re telling. If you write a funny story, you’d better not use classical language unless what you want to do is a spoof on classical culture. I think there’s still a taste for classical writing out there though, see the tremendous success of thick historical novels.

    What I see changing is authors writing “hyper-novels”. I mean the writer teams up with a photographer or a cartoonist. The novel is read as an e-book and the reader has the choice to digress through illustrations. I think it could do wonders to rejuvenate serious litterature. In a romance scene somewhere in Cali’s Juanchito where there’s love at first sight on the dance floor, the reader is given the link to the music being danced to (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLrvY4y_Q2Q). And so on. It could do with the novel what opera did to music and the theater.

    • Russ says:

      “see the tremendous success of thick historical novels”

      that, like the cartoonish popularity of The Beatles, is owed not to quality but rather to the fact there were extremely limited alternatives