13 January 2006

More "pieces" of the story

Coming off my thoughts on "A Million Little Pieces" GetReligion.com has a interesting take on today's literature:
Is there something religious about the current state of memoir-driven literature? This idea that one must experience something personally in order for it to be valid? That these experiences must be dramatic and debauched? The publishing world seems to think the book would not work as fiction. Neither would it have sold - in the current climate at least - if Frey had copped to his banal and relatively comfortable upbringing. A life of unthinkable sin before conversion is what is needed. Do these mythical stories which Americans love find their way into news copy? Are reporters more biased toward dramatic conversion stories?

Via Christdot

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