Does seeing the movie count?

March 6, 2009

In the big surprise of the week, a survey has found that two out of three Britons have lied about reading books they didn’t really read!

Wow, call Woodward and Bernstein!

It turns out they lie most about “War and Peace,” which of course no human has ever finished, and “Ulysses” by somebody named Joyce, whoever she was.

But at the very top of the bogus “Oh sure, I read that!” list is a book called “1984.”

I will admit that I’ve gone way beyond fibbing about having read “1984.” Sometimes I claim I WROTE it. My thinking is I was alive and writing in that year, so who’s to say I didn’t write the thing?

But here’s my main point. As an actual published writer of a couple of Oddly Enough story collections – hey, they count – we authors don’t care if you read our books, as long as you buy them. I’m pretty sure that Joyce woman would agree with me.

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A reader views the original manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses in Dublin, in a 2000 file photo

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Is this person for real or just pulling my leg. Surely as a writer he must know it is James Joyce the Irish writer and not some women.

Posted by Paul of Perth | Report as abusive

Well, I must say that I’ve fibbed about reading a few books here and there…but NEVER about reading 1984. Being a rebellious, anti-conformist teenager (just like my friends) made it required reading. That…along with Animal Farm, Farenheit 451, and Calvin and Hobbes.

Posted by K | Report as abusive

Paul of Perth: He is pulling your leg for real. The news stories he bases his posts on are genuine, as in this sad case of general public dishonesty, but he probably knows who James Joyce was.

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