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View Poll Results: Which period has the best literature?
1900-2013 2 50.00%
1700-1899 1 25.00%
1300-1699 0 0%
500-1299 0 0%
1100BC-499 0 0%
4300BC-1101BC 0 0%
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Old May 25th 2013, 12:59 AM
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It would seem that several people at this forum scoff at the idea of calling Dan Brown's books "literature".

That being said, there is nothing elitist about pop-culture literature. But no literature academy on the planet even looks at pop-culture literature at all. Btw, I think "fiction" is the better term because it is far more descriptive - it is just made-up stuff.
No - they scoff at Dan Brown, but I haven't seen anyone question his books as being literature. But if you can find such a quote, then I'd be happy to see it.

I think there are very few (if any) people who say of a book "that's not literature." I think they are invented by a certain group of people, to make book people seem snobbish - I don't know their motive, and I don't care.

And whatever books academic institutions choose to analyse and choose not to analyse, that isn't the same as saying some books aren't literature.
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PS: I wouldn't dream of calling it fiction in this thread - that would restrict it. I don't want to exclude literature which isn't made up (and I've already told you what my definition of literature is).
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This is developing into a two-horse race. Keep voting.
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This is developing into a two-horse race. Keep voting.
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I've just started reading a Charles Dickens book, "The Old Curiosity Shop".
So far, typical Dickens, wonderful. And it supports my choice of time period.

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In the 20th century there are wonderful writers, such as Isabel Allende, John Steinbeck, Nick Hornby, Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson...
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The period 1300-1699 encompasses both the Renaissance and the Baroque. Some great writers there.
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The Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser are as good as it gets. Then comes Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And then? Saki, Vilhelm Moberg, and Hermann Hesse.
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The period I voted for, 1700-1899, owes a lot of its great literary success to Victor Hugo. I'm now reading a play by him called Ruy Blas. It's about a Queen of Spain who is sad because her husband spends all his time absent hunting. A chap called Ruy Blas falls in love with her. It's excellent.
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I vote for the period 1914-1920
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