I glanced through an article today that bemoaned the UK's tendency to restrict what dictates a good read.  I would have read it in full, but I'm supposed to be studying.  I just can't seem to focus today (or this week really).  I get like that when I've found a new toy (e.g. figuring out blogging, twitter, actually getting somewhere in my editing).

It said that other venues, like the US, have had a movement toward this concept they called "novel-as-art-form".  I tend to disagree.  I am frequently discouraged, especially as a sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal writer, when people rag on novels in this genre for stretching the boundaries of science and writing plot points "for convenience".  An example would be the speed of growth of Renesmee in Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer.  Meyer's books (and movies) have a tendency to invoke the rabid dog in people with few people I meet being ambivalent unless they're neither read the books nor watched the movies.

What really saddens me was that the woman that commented on Meyer's writing was a writer herself.  I would not have expected it from a fellow writer.  To me, writing is the world of infinity.  It is everything and no scenario is out of the realm of possibility unless the mind cannot fathom it.  In writing, we, as authors, can make any world, changing the politics, the people, even the very laws that government the way the universe is put together.  Nothing is sacred and anything goes.

To say that using a writer's creativity and coming up with things that cannot happen in real life is "for convenience" is simple narrow-mindedness.  I love writing and reading because there is never a shortage of what the mind can think up.  There is always some new, different idea and the written word rarely has the restrictions that other media do, like movies and TV, which have become increasingly formulaic and repetitive.

So I encourage you all, stretch your minds.  Reach for the stars.  And don't forget that in books, we can reach for worlds we would never, otherwise, be able to visit.

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