Thursday, July 19, 2012

THE PLOT'S THE THING

Sunday Independent's Eoghan Harris is in fine fettle as he mounts one of his favourite hobby horses: the neglect of PLOT promoted by what he calls, 'lit crits'.

He points out that from the time of Aristotle, through to Shakespeare onto Elizabeth Bowen and bang up to date with the the customers of Xtra-vision, plot is one of the most important components of fiction but that it's being neglected for character. He maintains the main function of character is to produce plot.

Literary agents Darley Anderson agree with him. Some time ago the word went out that if anyone had a great story line they should approach the London agency. And no it was not necessary to write the story: having a plot was enough. I never heard what, if anything, happened.....

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