Obviously my favorite is: “”I happen to feel that the book would have been infinitely better had it been edited down to, say, 500 pages — but there speaks the harassed daily reviewer an [sic] well as the would-be judicious critic. Very nearly every reader will agree, no doubt, that a more disciplined and less prodigal piece of work would have more nearly done justice to the subject-matter.” NY Times on Gone with the Wind.
How many times I have heard this and responded with a facepalm. Perhaps so, perhaps so, but then…there would be a vacancy in understanding so much of the story. Length is what you get when you show and don’t tell all the time. Sometimes, telling is the better choice for the sake of the story’s length. Editors and critics need to understand that, instead of forcing literature to reflect filmic writing in the new lust for easily adaptable works.
You’re welcome. Keep at it, kids.
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