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Offline Ed

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Re: What exactly is 'literary fiction'?
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2009, 02:26:21 AM »
True, Frank, but I suppose it's par for the course when we're aspiring to be better writers, isn't it? Dissection and critique is necessary if we want to improve, and to accomplish that we need criteria for discussion. Trouble is, even a butterfly quickly loses its beauty when you take it apart to see how it works. The worst part is when you're up to your elbows in blood and guts (stretching this metaphor to breaking point - think massive buttefly) and you still can't figure the damn thing out :scratch:
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Re: What exactly is 'literary fiction'?
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2009, 02:44:02 AM »
That's the difference between a literal butterfly and a metaphorical butterfly...
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Re: What exactly is 'literary fiction'?
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2009, 05:27:59 PM »
Actually I recall reading a tale in an old copy of WHISPERS about a giant bloodsucking Moth...

I think that is the problem though Ed. any good magician will tell you the tricks don't work if you examine too closely. I believe it's the same with story telling. If you explain too much (as is popular in some circles today) the tale loses it's sense of mystery and is far less entertaining.

A literal Butterfly is one who whose beating wings may not knock you silly, but you can feel it's no metaphor... :cheesy:

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