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[Jun. 21st, 2011|01:53 pm]
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"The concept of any book award being anything other than positive for writing is simply unhinged."


[User Picture]From: lil_shepherd
2011-06-21 01:23 pm (UTC)
Actually, I don't think I understand the question.

Does it mean that awards should only be given for good writing?

Does it mean that some book awards should not be good for writers/publishers?

Does it mean that some book awards are not good for writers/publishers?

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[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2011-06-21 01:28 pm (UTC)
The question is: is the statement true or false?
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[User Picture]From: lil_shepherd
2011-06-21 08:54 pm (UTC)
Or is it comprehensible or not comprehensible?

Or grammatical or non-grammatical?
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[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2011-06-21 08:56 pm (UTC)
No, true or false.
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From: abigail_n
2011-06-21 01:59 pm (UTC)
Though I don't see any reason why an award should be inherently good for its field, I also doubt that it's possible for an award to be particularly harmful. Given how little effect awards have on the business of publishing, I doubt that even a particularly wrongheaded award can be said to encourage bad writing.
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[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2011-06-21 02:21 pm (UTC)
I doubt that even a particularly wrongheaded award can be said to encourage bad writing.

I'd agree. After all, it is not as if bad writing needs any encouragement. I do wonder if the cummulative effect of wrongheaded awards is a lax complacency which inhibits good writing.
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2011-06-21 03:42 pm (UTC)
It's not unhinged - but I'm not sure it's true.

Maybe the award for "Best book that was still better when they turned it into a TV show." would be bad for writing. But other than that...
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[User Picture]From: brixtonbrood
2011-06-21 04:28 pm (UTC)
But only false because "unhinged" is a huge word. "Wrong" maybe, but "unhinged" suggests that there is absolutely no possibility of the statement being worth considering, ever.
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