Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Pet Peeve Of FLG's when columnists write that something is like a "Insert Author's Name" novel.

But not in all cases. If columnist says that some real-life spy caper sounds more like a John Le Carré novel, then no problem. That's fine because they're all or mostly spy novels.

FLG gets annoyed when they mean a specific novel, but instead refer to the author. For example, if a columnist writes that a lawyer's actions were like something out of a Harper Lee novel, then FLG gets pissed. Just say fucking To Kill A Mockingbird. Or even better, just say Atticus Finch. It's pretentious to use the author's name when it isn't needed.

In case you are wondering, no, FLG doesn't have a specific example in mind. But he just wants to let you know that you never write "like a Cervantes novel." Just write Don Quixote instead.

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