Category: Analyses

Readability

Readability

I had a classmate in a writing class who was a fan of difficult novels. Think Gravity’s Rainbow, House of Leaves, Dubliners, etc. We disagreed on writing and complexity: I liked clear, vivid, linear writing, while he enjoyed writing that you had to work to understand. He said it was thrilling to finally be able …

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Early YA Elements in The Outsiders

Early YA Elements in The Outsiders

With Young Adult fiction dominating bookshelves, my nearby city of Tulsa, Oklahoma is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the book that started it all. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is widely considered to be the start of the YA genre and is still assigned in schools throughout Oklahoma for being a literary, yet accessible work …

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POV and Perspective Switching in “The Man Who Lost the Sea”

POV and Perspective Switching in “The Man Who Lost the Sea”

I originally posted this analysis on Reddit’s /r/Canonade here. The short story is 4819 words long and you can read the whole thing for free here. http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/the-man-who-lost-the-sea/. “The Man Who Lost the Sea” by Theodore Sturgeon is a masterclass in using POV and perspective switching. The narrator opens with, “Say you’re a kid. . . …

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