Saturday, January 20, 2018

Quotes on Messages in Fiction

"Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first & we lose both first and second things." - C. S. Lewis

"Except for purposes of entertainment, I consider fiction, like drama an absolute unessential. I would not look to any fiction writer, living or dead, for guidance upon any subject, and, therefore, if he does not entertain, he is a total loss." - Edgar Rice Burroughs

"Before you can educate, you must first entertain." - Harlan Ellison

"This sort of sanctimonious “after school special” type of approach to storytelling is bad not just because it is so transparent and ham-handedly implemented. It’s bad because it displaces deeper and truer things: things that induce wonder and that have the capacity to thrill the soul. In the attempt to be “relevant” or topical, it’s all too easy to sacrifice timelessness. It’s not just the odd scene that’s off the mark either– the entirety of the plot is often structured in such a way as to deliver these ludicrous punchlines. It’s a waste, reducing what should be epic adventure down to the level of shaggy dog story." - Jefffro Johnson

"You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first." - C. S.Lewis

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