To me the Literary Book Blog Hop is a great event. I read and post on mostly classics, short stories, Asian Fiction and what I see as literary novels. Lately I have been very into the work of Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf but I am also reading through the work of Kenzaburo Oe and Junichiro Tanizaki, for example.
I admit sometimes I have felt out of place on events where it seems almost all the other bloggers post on young adult books, paranormal and vampire books.
Every week the Literary Book Blog asks that participants answer a question-here is the question for this week
I really find most attempts by authors to capture the speech patterns of characters from lower economic levels annoying. For example I recently read Stephen Crane's "Maggie: Girl of the Streets" and I found I was being distracted from the core experience of the story by the need to figure out what the characters from the streets of New York were saying. I love her prose but I nearly abandoned Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South because of all the dialect discourse. In many cases authors are depicting the speech patterns of people with whom they have no contact. One exception to this for me recently was the marvelous use of colonial speech patterns in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.
I return all follows from fellow literary book bloggers