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Thu Jan 28, 2010, 4:21 PM
One of my earliest influences in literature has passed away.

The Catcher in the Rye Poster by dewired

Thank you, J.D. Salinger.

  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Watching: A full moon rise over the lake
  • Playing: With a lank of hair
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: A glass of scotch
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ZomaS-M Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Yep.
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taintedbliss Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Never read his books, sadly. It's funny. I picked up Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice but I hated it. I think I've discovered that life is so much more than family drama and sick love stories:P My detest for politics also show in my inability to complete Shakespeare's, Richard III.

My favourite authors as a younger teen were Mildred D. Taylor, Toni Morrison, Harper Lee, George Orwell, Anne Rice and S.E. Hinton (Can't believe she published The Outsiders at 17!!!)

I intend to rectify this situation and scour for his books in the library, ASAP. ;P Better late than never, I always say. ;)
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
I was no fan of WH or P&P either. Ah, but I did like Richard III. You would like Catcher in the Rye however. It isn't "family drama" or historical fiction; it is about an angry lonely teenager who feels alienated from the world around him, a lost soul searching for his identity. That is a poor description, I fear. The book has moved teenagers for several generations who, before Salinger, thought all literature was boring and didn't relate to them.
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taintedbliss Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I caught the reviews of Catcher in the Rye ;) Precisely why it's on my "to read list".

On contrary, I do quite like historical fiction :p I just prefer American Civil Rights History to Kings, Lords and who marries who for politics. :P
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
I like that too, but give me a good historical history of kings and queens anyday!
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taintedbliss Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You gotta recommend me some good reads!
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
"Her Little Majesty" about Queen Victoria was good. When she became queen of England, she was just a girl. Political wannabes thought they would be able to manipulate her, but boy did she surprise everyone. It also tells a wonderful sad tale about her love for Prince Albert, her husband by arranged marriage. She adored him and he treated her kindly but may never have really loved her back. They did have a ton of children together though, so maybe the historians are wrong.
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fickle-writing Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Remember when I said I need to get caught up on reading..? Never read that one. In truth, I've not read many of the classics: Moby Dick, any Dickens, Grapes of Wrath, Wuthering Heights, Austen... yeah, I suck. I used to love reading Shakespeare plays, and I've read things like 1984, Dune, Watership Down (personal fav) and Lord of the Flies, but I'm practically illiterate when it comes to the 'classics.'
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Ahh, but those are classics too. Don't be too hard on yourself. I've never read War and Peace. So shoot me. As long as we expose ourselves to great writing of any kind, that's all that matters.
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fickle-writing Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Just to share, I've been reading on the 'dos and don'ts' of writing a first novel, and I've broken about... eight of the 'don'ts.' I think I'm destined for self-publishing.

My book is too long.
My book is a series.
I change character voice.
I have a prologue.
It doesn't fit into a specific genre.

I could go on, but it just gets more embarrassing.
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Pfft on numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5. Harry Potter was written to be a series. Flowers for Algernon changes voice throughout. I am sick to death of hearing a prologue is a no-no. Sometimes one is needed and adds to the story. And if someone somewhere hadn't mixed sci-fi and romance together, that genre wouldn't even exist. Same with romance and horror. Agents who can't get past these so-called rules should be shot. Break a few commandments. Story and clear writing are everything. No one wanted to publish Fight Club either. After the movie rights were picked up, agents fell all over themselves to "help" Chuck. Asses. He didn't need them by then.
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fickle-writing Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
See, that's the argument that I made. My YA reader daughters read Potter, Leven Thumps, Warriors, Lighting Thief, Inkheart, Eragon, etc., and the kids today are eating up all these books that are a series while single books go unnoticed. Why NOT publish and represent a series no matter who it's from, so long as the writing is good? It makes no sense to me.

As for the rest of it, I don't know. I've been trying to trim today, but having a hell of a time deciding what goes and what stays. I'm afraid to cut too much and lose something that I had originally intended, if that makes sense.
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Try what I did first: cut only adjectives, adverbs, and "he said" "she said" tags. Then start looking for repetitive sentences -- statements that say the same thing you've already said early. You will be amazed at how many pages you eliminate just by doing that!
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fickle-writing Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
That's a good idea. I also read today that a super peeve of mine is actually the correct way to do it. I hate the repetitive use of the word 'said' so I do the 'mused, offered, retorted' thing. I guess I'm unusual in that when I see the word 'said' I find it to be lazy writing and not searching for a better way to emphasize the word use in the dialog. Apparently, I'm the one who is a retard for doing this.
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
I'm with you. Who said "said" was correct? Sheesh, could we use some creativity here? Most of the time I try not to use any tag at all, but occasionally it is needed to keep the dialogue straight, to allow a literary pause before I drop a bombshell, or because the speaker actually is grunting, whining, murmuring, etc. I try to save "said" for those times when I have to designate who is speaking but I want the reader to skim over it without thinking about how the statement may have been uttered.
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
That's crazy, I always thought he'd come out of hiding for one last "IM CRAZY!" at the world, but alas. Poor guy lost his marbles, for all his brilliance.
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Sad but true. But we should all be so lucky as to have written one perfectly brilliant novel in our lives, eh?
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
I'll just NOT write perfection and then NOT go fucking nuts and drink my own pee, kay. >_> Happy medium, WHERE?!?
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
How about somewhere between John Lennon and Lenny Bruce?
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Was he crazy, and who's Lenny Bruce? o.O
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Was Lennon crazy? Yup -- though not as off-the-rails as Salinger. Lenny Bruce was an angry sarcastic standup comedian from the 1960s. :sigh: So young, so young.
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
At least I know who Lennon is. ~Freyad-Dryden told me like uh last month. I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING.
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
You didn't know who John Lennon was? Damn I'm getting old.
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Rest in peace, J.D. :rose:
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Nymphe-AR Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
My God.. I didn't even know..
and yesterday too.. that was my sister's birthday... :(
Though I only read one of his works (Cather) he's surely influenced me greatly..

Y'know I was so crazy about the book when I read it that I actually typed myself a copy-.- (the book belonged to the school, though I should get myself a hard copy too.. the typed version is now lost..)

I remember feeling something similar to Caulfield when I walked the roads of the city, particularly around Rockefeller.. that it felt as if I was fading away every time I reached the end of a sidewalk..

Read it years ago (3 or 4 years ago).. one of my all-time faves...

Rest in peace, Salinger...
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
I think he perfectly captured that feeling of being lost that we all experience as teenagers. Before him, fiction was just fiction to me: storytelling. Catcher in the Rye showed me how a good writer can blur the lines and hold up a mirror that lets the reader see himself in the tale.
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little79bear Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I think that's one of the things that made his work so impressive was that even after all this time Caulfield still has that effect on teenagers who read it for the first time. Thank you Mr Salinger and may you rest in peace.
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
There aren't a lot of timeless novels out there. He deserves whatever peace he finds for writing that one.
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Nymphe-AR Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Definitely.. it wasn't fiction.. it was real experiences and emotions disguised as--or in the form of, rather--words...
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Yes. Key word: real.
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Nymphe-AR Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
And the carousel.. the goddam rain too.. it made me cry the way it made Holden cry...
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
It has been way too long since I reread this. I should make a vow to read it once every two years as a reminder of what great writing can inspire in a reader.
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