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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami December 13, 2014 - 9:50pm

I'll try to keep it short, but something that has been on my mind. In order for something to have literary merit, how generally accessible does have to be for every day topics?

Or simply put, can we in today's day in time, write stories intended for a specific person, but still hold literary merit?

I'm thinking specifically for Lewis Carol, that supposedly wrote Alice In Wonderland for the girl some speculative was the inspiration for Alice.

While the example is for stories for young people, I'm also wondering about stories for young adults and beyond.

I find I'm writing squids in the mouth nobody gets. And so the only person that may find it accessible is me.

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Keiri LaPrade from Virginia is reading Beowulf December 14, 2014 - 12:43am

I'd assume writting for a specific person is fine.  There's plenty of well known writers that have done it.  And I think it would still hold merit even today because there would (probably) still be references to things that current readers would understand.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs December 20, 2014 - 1:24pm

Accessibility has very little to do with literary merit. It's up to readers to decide what has merit and what doesn't. It's the last thing you should be worrying about. Although if you're writing for an audience, whether or not it's accessible to a general readership may be a major concern of yours. It depends on your writing goals.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami December 20, 2014 - 7:20pm

Yea I had to think for a minute, cause there are lots of books that are generally relate-able, but doesn't necessary have literary merit.

I guess I'll see how much "noise" I can tune to out to start writing then. I seem to be back in flash fiction mode again.