Who could have predicted Franzen’s list of ‘rules’ would be a selection of oblique, restrictive and condescending laws on how to be a literary success?
At Writers’ HQ, we often get angry messages telling us that we can’t possibly be ‘real’ writers, or that we must not be very clever, because we swear, use slang and text speak, use bad grammar, and love puns. We’ve thought very long about this issue and have come to this conclusion:
Please don’t expect a detailed critique of International Women’s Day. We’re knackered from decades of trying to smash the patriarchy and getting back in the kitchen to make you a sammich so you get a special offer and some mildly amusing jokes.
Upon realising there was a huge amount of real work to do, the Writers’ HQ team diligently set about matching headlines from The Onion with classic novels.