Writing Wednesday: Tell An Interesting Story Entertainingly

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Edgar Rice Burroughs would have never won a Pulitzer Prize or Man Booker Prize for his books, nor would his works ever be classed in the hallowed (and, dare we say it, ofttimes pretentious?) halls of the literary fiction genre. More worrying, though, are the themes of racism, sexism, slavery and Colonialism that run through many of Burroughs’ stories, which leave even loyal fans wondering uncomfortably if this might reflect his thinking if he were a contemporary of ours or if these themes were merely a reflection of the time he lived in. But one thing can’t be denied – the man can tell one hell of an entertaining story, so much so that his ‘pulp fiction’ stories have become beloved classics with a massive cult following. Tarzan, Princess of Mars, anyone?

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