Basically, the premise of this post is that having an opinion doesn’t make that opinion valid. Case in point: Book Riot, a fun little e-zine that covers all things books, started a “What Not To Read” book club for their Twitter Fiction Festival, and they included The Old Man and The Sea on the list. The Old Man and The FRIGGIN’ Sea! Are you kidding me? The book is a classic for a reason. It’s a seminal piece of literature, one that I include in my top 10 all-time favorite reads. What is wrong with these people? Have they no literary soul?
Here’s the deal. Book Riot is worth adding to your list of bookish websites to visit on a regular basis, but even they can get it horribly and embarrassingly wrong. Remember that next time you get a bad review. Don’t take it personally. If someone can be wrong about Hemingway, they can be wrong about your book too. We don’t all like the same thing.
BTW – Back in my schooling days, I was taught that The Old Man and The Sea wasn’t a book, but a short story. Has our text message driven society changed the definition of what is and is not a book?