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Ten Reasons Why the Three Musketeers have girl cooties
1. They are obsessed with their love relationships
2. They care about how they dress
3. They hug and kiss one another all the time
4. They have sleepovers
5. They like horses
6. They gossip
7. They go everywhere together (possibly even the bathroom, though Dumas does not specify. I bet Porthos hogs the mirror, though).
8. They love to go to parties
9. They swear to be BFFs
10. They are awesome, swordfighting heroes.
This sequence inspired by the thoughts expressed in This article
NB The musketeers are my all-time literary heroes and favourites.

Skirt of the day: blue wedgwood


Sep. 7th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
What amazed me about the article is how narrow his definitions are. Good books do not adhere to sets of little rules and regulations. The concept of "genre" began life as a marketing tool, and it should have stayed there, too.
Sep. 8th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
Good books are written by people who are aware of a bunch of little rules and regulations ... and who are independent-minded enough to break them whenever they think it's a good idea. Slavish compliance with rules and regulations is only desirable in technical manuals and certain types of journalism.

The genre thing: I hope to see it die within my lifetime. But I'm not optimistic. As long as we have bookshops with finite (expensive) floorspace and limited numbers of shelves, there'll be pressure to provide clues for store staff to tell them where to shelve like-with-like. Granted, academics should know better than to pay attention to genre. But it's something all of us who've grown up with paper books are trained into from an early age.

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