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Re: Ye New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft
Posted by: Platypus (IP Logged)
Date: 26 October, 2014 02:31PM
It seems to me that whether or not annotations are fiction (or incorporate fiction) depends on the intent of the author. However, if I understand the phrase "Sherlockian game" correctly, it seems to me it is still possible for an annotator to respect suspension of disbelief, and play a "Sherlockian game", while still having one's annotations convey real information that is not itself false or misleading or perhaps even fictional.



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Re: Ye New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft
Posted by: Jojo Lapin X (IP Logged)
Date: 26 October, 2014 03:42PM
My objection is that it is silly. This is just my intuitive feeling; I am sure, however, that if I devoted some time to thinking about it I could pinpoint precisely why it is silly.

Re: Ye New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft
Posted by: Platypus (IP Logged)
Date: 26 October, 2014 04:16PM
One possible objection is that the editor/commentator is taking over the author's role, and injecting himself into the fiction itself, where many will feel he is not welcome ... or perhaps that his particular fictions not very good.



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Re: Ye New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft
Posted by: Ahab (IP Logged)
Date: 30 October, 2014 09:06AM
Partly my negative reaction to the 'Sherlockian game" is merely emotional. It just turns me off. And it really turns me off when it is applied to fantastical works of the imagination like that of Lovecraft's and Bram Stoker's (Klinger annotated Stoker's Dracula). Interestingly, I don't believe Klinger plays the game in his annotations of the Sandman books.

I understand suspension of disbelief to mean being willing to take a story on its own terms. In other words one is willing to move outside of the reality we experience in this world and accept the reality presented in the story. The 'Sherlockian game' strikes me as the antithesis of this: it tries to make the story conform to our reality. It indicates to me a lack of imagination, an unwillingness to be open to different forms or concepts of reality.



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Re: Ye New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft
Posted by: Ahab (IP Logged)
Date: 30 October, 2014 10:40AM
Turns out that Klinger is also playing this 'Sherlock game' in his Sandman annotated books. At least according to this Amazon Review.

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