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Of course. But when a book is criticised specifically because of a
preceived flaw that will limit its audience(!), that book's being a
zillion-copy bestseller would seem to directly invalidate said
criticism. :)

On 7/5/09, J. Burke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Yes, clearly it's a terrible series,
>> whose millions of fans wouldn't
>> know lit'rature if it smacked them across the face.
>> <rolls eyes>.
>
> Certainly good or bad writing is a matter of taste to some degree, but it's
> quite possible for bad books to become license to print money for the
> publisher.  There seems to be little or no necessary connection between
> artistic merit and popularity; though some popular authors are very good,
> past and present, while some so-called "literary" types are self-indulgent
> tripe.
>
>> Ditto the viewers of the TV adaptation, with all that
>> gratuitous
>> furrinness for no good reason.
>>
>> The criticism is more valid of _Anathem_.
>>
>> On 7/5/09, Adam Walker <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>> > --- On Sat, 7/4/09, Lee <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> >> From: Lee <[log in to unmask]>
>> >> Subject: Re: Holly Lisle's Create A Language
>> Clinic
>> >> To: [log in to unmask]
>> >> Date: Saturday, July 4, 2009, 9:54 AM
>> >> --- On Sat, 7/4/09, Mark J. Reed
>> >> <[log in to unmask]>
>> >> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> > From: Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>
>> >> > Subject: Re: Holly Lisle's Create A Language
>> Clinic
>> >> > To: [log in to unmask]
>> >> > Date: Saturday, July 4, 2009, 9:36 AM
>> >> > On Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 2:52 AM, J.
>> >> > Burke<[log in to unmask]>
>> >> > wrote:
>> >> > > Typical readers don't tend to correctly
>> pronounce
>> >> odd
>> >> > names; instead, they simply memorize the form
>> of a
>> >> name and
>> >> > read over it.
>> >> >
>> >> > Is that true?  I mean, I'll cop to being
>> atypical in
>> >> > any number of
>> >> > ways, and the above is true of my wife, but
>> she's a
>> >> > notoriously bad
>> >> > speller in general and tends to simplify
>> names to
>> >> > "D-long-name".
>> >> >
>> >> > I can't get past an unfamiliar word in a text
>> without
>> >> > mentally
>> >> > sounding it out...
>> >> >
>> >> > --
>> >> > Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >> My wife and I will look up an unfamiliar English
>> word.
>> >> Otherwise, any "too" unpronounceable names and
>> foreign words
>> >> get little more than some like of mental
>> simplification to
>> >> get past it quickly.
>> >>
>> >> Lee
>> >>
>> >
>> > Interesting.  The use of foreign names and titles
>> was the reason the teacher
>> > of the writing workshop I'm in right now held up
>> Alexander McCall Smith's
>> > _The No. 1 Ladies' Decective Agency_ as a example of
>> BAD writing, ie
>> > something to never, never do.  Apparently, he
>> killed the story on page one
>> > by throwing in too many foreign words and should have
>> sacrificed
>> > authenticity for readability if he really wanted to
>> write well.
>> >
>> > *miffed at the underlying assumptions*
>> >
>> > Adam
>> >
>>
>> --
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>>
>> Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>
>>
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