>have a friend in the publishing business
>write in as obtuse and opaque a manner as fucking possible, going so far as to write 1/4 of your most famous novel from the POV of a retard
>have no idea how to work with plot, nor how to limit yourself only to bringing characters that are relevant at all into your stories
>become one of America's classic authors
Why is this literal cuck (raised kids that weren't his) so goddamn beloved? He couldn't write a sensible, concise story if his paycheck depended on it. Just throw in hordes of characters, make sure your shit is utterly impossible to understand, and behold as up-their-own-ass intellectuals stumble over themselves to grant your trash some deeper meaning.
If you didn't give up a quarter of the way through the sound and the fury you'd know that the jason and dilsey chapters are a lot more direct and that the quentin and benjy were unique for their perception of time, not hurr durr mental illnesses
>Are you a pseudo-intellectual faggot locked high in the ivory towers of academia? Is your head shoved so far up your ass that you can taste your professors' cocks? Is your opinion formed solely from what you are told in class?
>Just call a dissenting opinion "bait" and continue on! No defense needed! It's that simple!
>a sensible, concise story
You do realize that no one really gave a shit about these things until publishing started to turn into a big business in the later half of the 20th century, right?
Most of the things that are currently taught in writing classes about what is or isn't "good writing" come from mass-media entertainment based sensibilities. Books weren't always meant to be easily digestible shit for plebs.
>Books weren't always meant to be easily digestible shit for plebs.
So why are all the best stories so simple, effective, and economic in their plots and diction?
The "Big hulking magnum opus" is a modern meme that probably wont last much longer.
So does the publishing industry when it comes to books for adults who read, familiga. Writing classes stress being concise because paying attention to a book or story is harder than just staring at a TV screen.
The Benjy section was great. If you thought about before quickly dismissing it you'd have a firm grasp of what was happening, it's difficulty is overstated, the skill with which he writes is not.
seriously if you want to be taken seriously don't say that. It just makes everyone picture you as haranguing your reddit pals with tales of the friendzone while beating off to Sam Harris. Stop.
You guys know Faulkner wrote screenplays, right? In the 30s and 40s, when the studio system was still in full swing. One of them was even the adaption of The Big Sleep, by fucking Raymond Chandler. Claiming he couldn't write a sensible concise story is ridiculous.
yeah because there aren't poetry and fiction seminars held every summer at Iowa. get a grip man, it's practically an American tradition for semi-literate, semi-professional, talentless wannabes to throw their money and best efforts at the big writing schools. the MFA, a distinct but similar entity, is practically the entry point for professional writing (notice I didn't say good writing).
Three people are credited for that damn screenplay but all they did for most of the movie was just transplant Chandler's dialogue over. Exactly why it took three of them, I have no idea.
It's also not a great example of "sensible concise story". While Chandler wraps up most of the story (bar the chauffeur), the sections that the movie changes the most leave the whole thing impenetrable.
The Big Sleep is one of my favorite books, and while I enjoy the film as well, it's certainly true that the screenplay made the plot difficult to understand. I watched the movie with my girlfriend who hasn't read the book, while thinking the whole time "there's no way she has any idea what's going on; if i didn't read the book, I wouldn't, either". I'm not trying to place myself on either side of the argument, but the screenplay for Tye Big Sleep is a bad example. It's plot is made incomprehensible (which honestly doesn't affect the quality of the movie at all, in my opinion; both the film and book are more about having an intriguing atmospheres be mood, good set pieces and scenarios, and God-tier dialogue))