If Marooned on a Desert Island, Whose Collected Works Would You Want With You?

As the literary community at large regularly disses Romance as a genre, I often find myself annoyed at real and imagined slights to my chosen profession. I compose little rebuttals which no one ever hears, because really, the truth is that, anyone who judges what someone else reads is — well — a judgy-judger who doesn’t deserve the dignity of a response.

However, during a fuming session, I thought to myself, “I would rather be marooned on a desert island with the collected works of Sherrilyn Kenyon, than say the works of Kahil Gibran.” (Not to be a judgy-judger, there’s nothing wrong with liking literary fiction better, but that’s a matter of taste. It doesn’t make you superior to anyone else)

So that leads me to the title of this post. You’re marooned on a deserted island — which authors’s collected works do you want with you?

Let me know who (and why if you’re in the mood) Authors of literary fiction are ok, too.:-)

Karin

Will writers survive the apocalypse?

I spent waaaay too much time yesterday, fretting about whether the power grid and all my electronics were going to fry because of the sunstorm on Tuesday, which was supposed to reach us and cause varying amount of havoc today (Thursday).

Now I am by no means what you would call a “Doomsday Prepper.” I’m nowhere near that category, but having lost family members in natural disasters (Hurricane Camille in 1969) I believe in preparing to evacuate and that it never hurts to get ready for emergencies, even if they never come.

The possibility we might all be back to pre-elecrical times made me start to wonder? Do I have a skill that is necessary for survival? Is my job something that (when the s*&t hits the fan) I can use to get food and supplies for my family?

Smugly, I think it is. Even though paper would be scarce and printing presses hard to come by, I, as a writer am a storyteller. Storytellers have been necessary to a group’s existence since Paleolithic times.

I think when the work is done and people gather, they will want entertainment and without movies, TV or video games. We writers will be the only game in town.
(Don’t tell my IT manager husband*g*)

So what do you think? Does your job stand a chance after the apocalypse?