THE POSITIVE MESSAGE OF NEW AMERICAN ART AND LITERATURE

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Pop Style

What style—what brand of writing—do we wish to present to the world? Here are some options: 1.) Pop. 2.) Populist. 3.) Outlaw. 4.) Revolutionary. 5.) Other.

Pop would be the broader category. Pop writing is gobbling up literature right now, especially thru ebooks, via writers like Amanda Hocking and Joe Konrath. That can be both an advantage and a disadvantage.

Fully embracing pop would help us appeal to everybody, except the indoctrinated “literary” crowd.

The main question: How to stand out? We’d have to out-pop all other pop writers. We’d have to do this without appearing goofy cornball nerds. No easy trick.

4 comments:

Patrick King said...

Pop and humor. Humor and pop. But I'm biased. That's where my affection has been for the past year or so.

K.I.N.G. Wenclas said...

I tried this in one of my "Ten Pop Stories" ebook, in a short tale called "Elvis Meets Frankenstein." Elvis is the ultimate American folk hero and cultural icon.
It may be the best thing I ever wrote. :)

Patrick King said...

Nice. Well, I didn't mean that pop and humor had to be combined, just that those two styles are what I would love to get behind. What in the world would you call the kind of cartoon(y) satire that you and I both write. It seems a different animal than "pop" or at least a sub genre. Sort of like cartoon & literary combined.

K.I.N.G. Wenclas said...

A question is whether your new friend can fit into any of the categories. Or do we need to invent a new one?
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