Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You Know You Were an English Major When...

...your favorite part of a book isn't actually part of the novel.

I just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and it was great.

But the part that sticks with me was the Author's Note at the beginning, which reads:


This is not so much an author's note as an author's reminder of what was printed in small type a few pages ago: This book is a work of fiction.  I made it up.

Neither novels nor their readers benefit from attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story.  Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.

I appreciate your cooperation in this matter."

Hear, hear.

P.S.  Looking forward to the movie adaption.

P.S. #2 There were tears shed while reading.

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