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The Old-Fashioned Opinion

January 8, 2011

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“I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story.”
-Wilkie Collins

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  1. January 8, 2011 5:38 am

    Yes! I love Wilkie!

  2. January 8, 2011 6:02 am

    Yes, a book should always tell a story but it’s also equally important how it’s told:)

    • January 10, 2011 3:11 pm

      As a devotee of marvelous writing, I’m not disagreeing with you. :)

  3. January 8, 2011 8:10 am

    Lovely sentiment, and astounding photo!

    • January 10, 2011 3:11 pm

      Isn’t that a neat photo? I was happy to stumble across it.

  4. January 8, 2011 8:18 am

    Wiilkie Collins is one of my favourite authors… and never a truer sentence was made!

    • January 8, 2011 8:18 am

      I think I got over excited and Wilkie became a Wiiiiiiilkie! Sorry lol.

      • January 10, 2011 3:11 pm

        No needs to apologise for Wiiiiilkie excitement! He’s one of my favourites too. :D

  5. January 8, 2011 9:04 am

    Love the photo and quote!

  6. January 8, 2011 9:36 am

    This looks like a tragedy.

    • January 10, 2011 3:12 pm

      Lol! They all look like they’re in good condition, so I’m sure they’ll be gathered up and safely put back on their shelves. ;)

  7. January 8, 2011 12:22 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! Fantastic quote!

  8. January 8, 2011 12:51 pm

    I love that photo! Great quote as well.

  9. January 8, 2011 7:13 pm

    Love the picture, love the quote!

  10. January 8, 2011 7:54 pm

    Indeed. Although The DaVinci Code is not quite ‘high art’, the story had me by the hair. I had to finish the last 10 pages in a stall of the ladies’ room at my office because I got to work (train) before I was at the end! Love the picture above!

  11. January 8, 2011 9:28 pm

    I have nbever read Wilkie Collins but I would love to this year. I love that quote – I am not sure that all authors would agree but I definitely do.

    • January 10, 2011 3:13 pm

      I hope you get to him this year: he’s one of my favourites!

  12. January 9, 2011 8:51 pm

    Wilkie Collins was and is right. Nothing irritates me more than a novel in which the author feels that his main priority is to eff with his audience.

  13. January 10, 2011 8:23 am

    Completely agree! While I do appreciate the character-driven narrative, my favourite books tend to be those where the plot leads the way.

    • January 10, 2011 3:13 pm

      You know, I’m more of a character-driven girl myself, but I consider that a good story too. :)

  14. January 10, 2011 9:33 am

    GoodNESS what a great picture! I like the quote, especially because I’ve been on a much more plot/story focused reading kick than philosophical or theoretical one.

  15. January 11, 2011 1:01 pm

    How true!

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