September 24, 1896: F. Scott Fitzgerald is born.

That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.


❝ I have nothing to say and I am saying it and that is poetry.

— John Cage (via chelseyphilpot)


literature meme | genres (2/3) Romantic Fiction

The romance novel or romantic novel is a literary genre. Novels in this genre place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an “emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.”



literature meme | 3 genres [1/3] Dystopia

Dystopia is defined as a society characterized by a focus on mass poverty, squalor, suffering, or oppression. Most authors of dystopian fiction explore at least one reason why things are that way, often as an analogy for similar issues in the real world. Dystopias usually extrapolate elements of contemporary society and are read by many as political warnings. Many purported utopias reveal a dystopian character by suppressing justice, freedom and happiness.


❝ Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay. In the modern state there are very few sites where this is possible. The only others that come readily to my mind require belief in an omnipotent creator as a condition for membership. It would seem the most obvious thing in the world to say that the reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. But it seems we need, right now, to keep re-stating the obvious. There aren’t many institutions left that fit so precisely Keynes’ definition of things that no one else but the state is willing to take on. Nor can the experience of library life be recreated online. It’s not just a matter of free books. A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal.

literature meme genres (1/3) Detective Fiction [+]

Detective fiction is a sub-genre of crime fiction and mystery fiction in which an investigator or a detective - either professional or amateur - investigates a crime, often murder

A majority of detective stories follow the “whodunit” format. The events of the crime and the subsequent events of the investigation are presented so that the reader is only provided clues from which the identity of the perpetrator of the crime may be deduced. The solution is not revealed until the final pages of the book.

In an inverted detective story, the commission of the crime, and usually also the identity of the perpetrator, is shown or described at the beginning. The remainder of the story then describes the subsequent investigation. Instead, the “puzzle” presented to the reader is discovering the clues and evidence that the perpetrator left behind.


❝ A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.

— ― Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd


literature meme movements (2/2) Postcolonialism [+]

Post-colonial literature (also Postcolonial literature, New English Literature, and New English literatures) is a body of literary writing that responds to the intellectual discourse of European colonization in the Asia, Africa, Middle East, the Pacific, and other post-colonial areas throughout the globe. Post-colonial literature addresses the problems and consequences of the de-colonization of a country and of a nation, especially the political and cultural independence of formerly subjugated colonial peoples; and it also is a literary critique of and about post-colonial literature, the undertones of which carry, communicate, and justify racialism and colonialism. The contemporary forms of post-colonial literature present literary and intellectual critiques of the post-colonial discourse, by endeavouring to assimilate post-colonialism and its literary expressions.

Noteable authors include  Arundhati RoyWole SoyinkaNgũgĩ wa Thiong’oAmitav Ghosh, Gabriel García Márquez, EM ForsterAnita Desai VS NaipaulMichael Ondaatje, and RK Narayan




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literature meme | movements [2/2] - romanticism

Romanticism (or the Romantic era/Period) was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850. Partly a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, it was also a revolt against aristocratic, social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature. It was embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature, but had a major impact on historiography, education and the natural sciences. Its effect on politics was considerable and complex; while for much of the peak Romantic period it was associated with liberalism and radicalism, in the long term its effect on the growth of nationalism was probably more significant. [+]