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The Mirror Lied
So, for English class we had to write a piece of Literature in the style of either the Romantic Era, the Victorian Era, or the Post/Modern Era. Originally I was doing a modern story, then looked at the rubric and realized I was hardly doing anything related to what the teacher said was 'Modern Literature.'
But, as I was looking, I got an thought: "Hey, a lot of this stuff kind of sounds like The Mirror Lied!" As I kept reading, it kept reminding me of that game, and so this was born. It's already made people hate me (cuz I won't give them the meaning of it), and one person said it seemed like I was high when I wrote it.
So, here were some of the things she said 'Modern Literature' consisted of:
-It will seem to begin arbitrarily, to advance without explanation, and to end without
resolution, consisting of vivid segments juxtaposed without cushioning or integrating
-It will suggest rather than assert, making use of symbols and images instead of
-The reader must participate in the making of the story by digging the coherent
structure out that, on its surface, it seems to lack. Therefor, the search for meaning,
even if it does not succeed, becomes meaningful itself.
-Modernest literature is notable for what it omits: the explanations, interpretations,
connections, summaries, and and distancing that provide continuity, perspective, and
security in traditional literature.
-The idea of order, sequence, and unity in works of art is sometimes abandoned. the
long work will be an assemblage of fragments. Some modernist literature registers
more as a collage.
Shifts in perspective, voice, and tone
-Modern fiction tends to limit the reader to one character's point of view on the action.
This limitation accorded with the modernist sense that "truth" does not exist
objectively, but is the product of a personal interaction with reality. The selected point
of view was often that of a naive or marginal person--a child or an outsider--to convey
better the reality of confusion rather than the myth of certainty.
Stream of Consciousness
It also required some sort of Modern-relevant social commentary, so here's what I'm going to tell my teacher if she asks: Birdy represents war. Every time he flies over a continent, it's destroyed. "Birdie lies to you" (and some other things) is talking sort of about how to some people war may seem justified like you're doing it for the right reasons, but it always ends badly.
Or something like that.
NOTE: One of the fonts used did not come with my computer. It's called 'Anglican.' Google it or something to find it I guess (cuz I don't know where I got it from) or just change it to a different font. Like Monotype Corsiva (not as awesome, but that's what I used when I had to transfer it to google docs).