Nothing can amuse a reader more than a story that feels as if it is sharing secrets from the trenches…but those have all been done to death, so it’s the characters that must reveal the secrets, and keep you reading on. Karin Gillespie does just that with her newly released
Love, Literary Style
What happens when a self-published author and a professor of Literary Criticism who is penning the ‘next great novel’ meet in a retreat? Gillespie gives us a bit of a look into that clash with this story: Aaron the repressed, approval seeking introvert determined to pen the next great novel and Laurie Lee, a self-published romance writer.
This is a clash of titans – populist fiction (romance, cozies, thrillers) versus the Award Winning titles that garner internationally acclaimed prizes for their depth, statements on the human condition and precisely turned phrases.
From Aaron’s often dismissive and wholly snobbish approach to the ‘talents’ of writers, like Laurie Lee, who choose to write genre fiction. (Believe me, you can almost hear the disdain in his use of the phrase “genre fiction” as if a genre is something to be ashamed of, unworthy of even a mention.) The humor, subtle and not, that poke at his seemingly ingrained two by four up his backside lead to many laugh out loud moments. Not to say that Laurie Lee is immune to the jabs – her beta reader prefers paranormals to her more contemporary style and from the pieces shared, one can only say that she is determined to make an HEA from every story, no matter how convenient or forced the circumstances are to get her there.
There is great growth in both characters as we see their insecurities regarding their talent, the words they write, the acceptance of that writing and of course the underlying issues surrounding sales, fame and recognition. There is a strong and very distinct divide early in this book that attempts to think, much as Aaron does, that there is somehow a superiority inherent in the more highbrow fiction, and that all genre or popular fiction is necessarily less important, less valuable and requires less skill to write or brains to enjoy.
Fortunately, what emerges from that rather divisive attitude (held by many in the ‘industry’) is an understanding. Writing a book, no matter the genre or purpose, requires skills – the same skills with language use, phrasing, story and world building, character definition and plotting. To add to this – there’s a lovely little romance building between them, as the world of publishing, literary critique and the writing process all come into play.
A wonderful read, perfect for those who truly enjoy reading and want something that is just a smidge different from your normal fare.
Title: Love Literary Style
Author: Karin Gillespie
Genre: Contemporary Fiction - Adult, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Satire
Published by: Henery Press
Published on: 8 November 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 53 minutes
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Low brow meets high brow in a literary love story.
Can an emotionally-stunted literary novelist and a vivacious romance writer find their happily-ever after? Even when she becomes more successful than he?
Love Literary Style spoofs romantic comedy tropes, winks at literary pretensions and pokes fun at book publishing. Like Legally Blonde only in the literary world. Inspired by the author's New York Times article "Masters in Chick Lit." A sparkling romantic comedy for fans of the Rosie Project.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.