Thursday, January 12, 2006

Much Ado About Nothing

"Much ado about nothing" is how Oprah summed up the controversy over James Frey's memoir, A Million Little Pieces. Larry King Live went on over the allotted timeslot last night with caller, Oprah Winfrey.

What I got out of Larry King Live last night is that the essence of memoir writing is storytelling; so the writer can take liberties and leave out aspects of his life or change some details that will add to the storytelling element. The writer stated that the disputed passages make up about 5% of the entire book. The essence of the story is his own personal memory of events or his own perspective of events.

Much of the controversy over the book appears to be focused on the fact that the book was an Oprah Book Club Selection. READ MORE

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