I'm finally out of my Reading Slump, and am happily reading Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I'm really enjoying it.
Of course, I'm reading as a writer as Karen so well noted, so I pay attention to writing techniques and methods (without the joy of reading being spoiled though).
First I noted that Atwood wrote the novel in present tense which is by itself different from your usual run-of-the-mill novel. Then I noticed that Atwood used other writing devices not often found in mainstream. Somewhat experimental writing I would say.
What if this was Atwood's first novel? Do you still think it would have been published? Would it have been published as it is now, without being butchered?
I think that what established writers can "get away" with is very different from what a first-timer can. I think that if this was someone's first novel, they'd never publish it. Too risky. Too experimental. At most, they'd "edit" it completely.
(Please don't take it as an attack an Atwood, quite the opposite. It's more of a criticism of the publishing world).
Categories: writing, publishing