Monday, December 03, 2007

Bloghopping Find

Over at The Zeppelin's Mezzanine (or his Multiply, The Flying Teapot) I came upon this blogpost, Insult to Injury: the Death of Pinoy Lit. Strongly worded post, and thought-provoking, borne of Sir Butch Dalisay's past two columns mentioned here and here. Some quotes:

"The focus on language is a killer. This is, I think, a sickness that almost every Pinoy writer, with the possible exception of Bob Ong and Pol Medina Jr., is infected with."

"There's a surprisingly vivid lack of content in Pinoy writing, so much so that it actually kinda looks like a gigantic bruise pulsating in the midst of the torso that is Pinoy literature."

"I think the biggest thing people have forgotten about literature - both readers and writers alike - is the fact that the very first function of any media is to entertain, because once you have captured your audience's fancy, you can begin to draw him into the meatier parts of your tale. Otherwise, your story is a failure. It is made of win and awesome, but a failure nonetheless."

"Writers often forget the beneficial properties a good marketing edge can do for their works. And I'm not just talking locally."

Head on over and spend some time reading the post. Like I said, it's very thought-provoking. I'm also glad that despite the post's harsh tone (especially against Sir Butch), nothing further came of it, and I attribute that to the graciousness and openness of the author of Soledad's Sister.

5 Comments:

Blogger Kilawinguwak said...

Hi Mr. Yu! Yeah, I love Mr. Dalisay's amazingly gracious response to the sharp article. And thanks for thinking that the article was actually thought-provoking - if it were me, I'd have shrugged it off as another overblown blogger giving off steam.

12:33 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Thanks, Martin. I know a number of people who share a few (though not all) of your opinions, and who don't express them in the same strong tone that you did. These people actually think content isn't too big a problem, that all kinds of stories (whether so-called lowbrow or highbrow) can exist together, and that the problem is more of marketing (there! that's one of the opinions they share with you). And yes, they like Butch Dalisay's stories a lot too. But I do hope that those three stories I mentioned above are more to your liking. Please do attend the Dec. 8 launch of Philippine Speculative Fiction III so you can meet some of the authors. Thanks again.

9:56 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Sorry about not inclduing the links to those three stories I mentioned to you on your blog. Here they are:

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2003/20030106/estrellas.shtml
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/mandigma_10_07.html
http://www.magicalrealism.co.uk/view.php?story=23

Thanks again.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Kilawinguwak said...

sure, i'll drop by the event. :D i was actually trying to finish a story for submission, but work kinda got in the way, hehe. what time is the launch? hope it isn't early in the afternoon.

10:03 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

It starts at 4 p.m. You can check out my Dec. 5 post, "Philippine Speculative Fiction III". There's a link there to the full details on the editor's blog. Thanks!

10:08 AM  

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