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Date Posted: Monday, February 13, 01:57:01pm
Author: Nell
Subject: I have no idea if you read the sunday NYT (r)
In reply to: JayBee 's message, "That's a nice link, but (r)" on Wednesday, February 08, 11:03:39am

but in the magazine, there was an interesting article from a novelist who sometimes visits book groups who are discussing her book - and how awkward it is to recieve in person readers' strong reactions to her protagonist.

(I looked for a link, but couldn't find it, sorry)

I thought she seemed to have a pretty good handle on it, on the distinction between a critical essay on her work, and a strong response - both of which are perfectly appropriate, even desirable - and yet, the author doesn't always quite know how to respond, or if to respond, to reader reactions, which after all, aren't really *for* the author.

I know we've decided to only 'book group' LFN authors who are okay with it, but sometimes it does feel a bit strange, almost like we are performning discussion rather than just having it. I am still convinced that our fandom is too small to risk the kerfluffle of openly discussing the work of someone who really, really doesn't want to see/hear/read that sort of thing - and yet, I think it would be good for us as a fandom if we could - if we could discuss our fannish love for fanfic in the same kind of ways that we can talk aobut canon.....


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