Monday, July 1, 2013

Pretentious authors need to get a grip on reality

I don't claim to be the best writer in the world. I think I have original ideas and am pretty good at expressing them on paper, but I'm hardly an expert in my chosen field. In fact, I think that like most things in life, there is always something new to learn and it's about jumping in and improving rather than sitting back and waiting of perfectionism to develop.

Having said that, there are many writers out there who do enjoy bragging about their talents. In fact, I was flipping the channels recently and came across an author boasting to an interviewer that his book has actually caused domestic issues between husbands and wives. Apparently, his book is so fucking awesome that women are making their children take extra nap times during the day so they can read, thus causing the kids to sleep less at night time.

Now don't go quoting me on that just yet cause I have to admit, this statement caused me to roll my eyes and quickly change the channel. So it's possible that through my irritation, I may have misunderstood exactly what he was saying, but I think you get the idea.

There seems to be this strange belief that in order to make people confident in your abilities, you first have to be a total horse's ass and brag yourself up. Cause no one would ever see through that smooth move and wonder if perhaps you were overcompensating for a reason. It kind of reminds me of those guys who brag about how much they work out every week, how expensive their car is and how many women they've fucked - only to later find out that they are unemployed and living with their Mommy, who by the way, still does their laundry and cooks their macaroni and cheese just the way they like it.

So am I suggesting that this author shouldn't be proud of his work? Of course not, this guy's book is probably great, but shouldn't that be something his fans tell us rather than something he tells us. But it's not uncommon for artists to be pretentious. I mean....well.... let's just say, it's been known to happen.

But is it an attractive quality in an artist? Does it make people more intrigued with their work? Perhaps it's more of a tactic to challenge people to investigate them further?

I think there is something to be said about being down-to-earth and approachable. One of the most famous authors in the world is JK Rowlings. She was discovered during a very low period in her life and at the time, was living in poverty. Now a successful author, she has established the Volant Charitable Trust, that works to combat both poverty and social inequality. She remembers where she came from and in fact, she is known to be quite the philanthropist. Now that is something to brag about...

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