Saturday, July 10, 2010
I'm Litystercically, Memoirfanfictionally Yours
A woman can never be too rich, too thin, or claim too many fiction genres as her favorite! I declare my independence with a post that embraces as many genres as I can think of. Why would any free-thinking woman choose another way?
The writer in me gets lost in rich prose, deep metaphors. Lazy sunny days beg me to slouch on the front porch chair, pen in hand, and underline phrases in the latest best-selling literary fiction. Have you read The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Edwards? What is the What by Eggars? The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Samson? The Book Thief by Zusak? I cry when well-written books creep to denouement...even if tears aren't plot-driven. Sigh. There's another writerly term or two to conquer...
For stormy nights, mysteries topple other shelf volumes. I've smudged Agatha Christie's pages; ear-marked 'em, too. They've earned a spot in my night-stand bookcase--right there with my Bible and The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers.
Who can resist the satisfaction of a romance? A click of the TV channel brings horrid images of blood spills, oil spills; an ocean of catastrophes. I send an SOS by grabbing a dilemma of the heart kind, which guarantees a hero, a heroine, and that often-needed predictable ending to soften the daily news of life.
As a girl, I used to skip past historical fiction--until my grubby hands gripped Gone With the Wind...and never let go. Next came To Kill a Mockingbird and a hundred other era-opening reads.
Was there REALLY a prototype Scarlett? Creative memoirs or creative nonfiction have so captured my mind, I've based my life work upon it. Where does truth stop and imagination begin in this line-blurring genre? Sigh. If I'm hungry for footnotes and facts, I gobble up nonfiction and/or memoir offerings. Besides, the truth is often stranger than fiction.
The "too weird" genres of science fiction and fantasy won me over with books like Butler's Kindred and Hinck's The Restorer. A red-faced me these imaginative, world-opening reads, vowing never to allow great writing to be limited by my own preconceived ideas about a writing category. And we artists are supposed to be OPEN!
Speaking of open, there's one book I mentioned that has earned a space on my night stand. It's the Bible, God's love letter to us. God's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. God's explanation of the past, hope for the present, and guarantee for the future in a mesmerizing tell-all best seller. Most nights, it's the last book that clunks next to the light. Most mornings, it's the first book whose crinkly pages open. Though the Bible reads like all my favorite fiction genres, it presents the one source of Truth, of Light, of Life and inspires those moral premises that enrich every other genre.
Yeah, I'm litystercically, memoirfanfictionally yours. Independent. Free from genre constraints. But only because I'm unequivocably, forever His.
Hey, just because I'm a wishy-washy mess doesn't mean you have to be. What's YOUR favorite genre (or two!!!)
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