I just read a list called “10 Literary Masterpieces so Bad They’re Actually Good.” Its name pretty much gives it away, but I was nearly dying of laughter when I read the samples of prose from the listed books. One of which was a legendary Harry Potter fanfiction called My Immortal.
I honestly used to think that My Immortal was a good piece of fanfiction. Hear me out, here: I’ve never read the thing, but I have heard of it many times on different websites, and it’s always spoken of as being utterly brilliant and beautiful. And, stupidly, I didn’t see that everyone was being sarcastic. So this list opened my eyes to the truth about My Immortal and all its incoherent beauty…
Who could forget a main character with a name like Enoby Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way.
But honestly, I feel sort of guilty for laughing at the creative works of others. Some books and poems are truly awful, but it still feels rather wrong to laugh…I don’t know if this makes me a bad person, you see, and I don’t want to be a bad person. After all, everything written is a piece of creativity–these books just happen to be creativity that’s rather…*poorly articulated*. And I know the authors must have worked on it, spent time on it and thought about how it was all going to go. So is it wrong of me to criticize their work?
There are plenty of bad books around–just look at 50 Shades of Grey and you’ll want to find God–but how “bad” are they? If they’re really terrible, then does it matter that they exist? And it must hurt to be ridiculed for something you wrote, so does that make us bad people for insulting a bad book’s prose or nonsensical plot? And, what really makes a book bad? Is it just poor grammar and a nonexistent plot and two-dimensional characters? People’s opinions on what makes something bad differ, and I don’t know where you draw the line between good bad and middling literature.
I just don’t know.
But I still can’t help bursting into laughter when I read snippets of awful fanfiction.
That’s all for today. If you have an answer for or an opinion about my question, which is basically “does laughing at bad poetry and novels make me a bad person and if so why”, feel free to comment or something. Otherwise, just have a good day.