Quote Originally Posted by Roxxsmom View Post

Or look at Lovecraft for horror. Great ideas, but the writing and characterization are pretty excruciating to read today.

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Lovecraft's characterization is perfectly suited to the story. Why do I need to know background unrelated to the main story? Because I will care more for a character pompously wasting my time?


Quote Originally Posted by Roxxsmom View Post

Exactly. We can't predict which of the writers who are popular today (or less popular, but critically acclaimed) will be regarded as important decades or centuries from now.
That is not the question. The question is, will any of them be remembered at all?

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