Welcome to my blog on Cecelia Ahern’s novel, Lyrebird.
The purpose of this blog is to introduce the author Cecelia Ahern and to discuss her latest novel, Lyrebird, as well as her past work. Giving one some background information before I discuss the topics of themes in contemporary literature. The tremendous question of this topic is if the novel, Lyrebird, can be considered literature? To answer that question, I first must acknowledge ‘what is literature?’
This is an open question, as there are a vast amount of opinions and theories as to what literature truly is. As literature is not just a book or a poem or play script. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of literature is a noun of “written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.” There are many well-known novels which are praised by critics and their readers, due to their exceptional display of written discourse and the stories themselves. Including: To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride & Prejudice, Robinson Crusoe, Nineteen-Eighty-Four, Ulysses. An important definition of this novels is their definition of literary fiction.
In literary fiction, the plot is less important as it is the concentration on the novel’s main character which is the drive of the novel’s narrative and discourse. Also, the inclusion of language and dialogue is written with the intention of creating a verbal image, not for speech to be its primary purpose. For authors such as Cecelia Ahern and works such as Lyrebird, their work is defined as popular fiction. These pieces are driven by the plot (more happens than a literary fiction novel), language and dialogue are the main methods of discourse. Also, the narrative is set in familiar settings (modern time, culture, technology, etc.) this is for audiences to easily recognise where the story is set and making it easier for their entertainment.
Despite their different approaches to fiction, it is not a straight black and white image, there is a grey area. Themes are similar for both, they are handled by the author. Although, they are handled in different ways as according to their style in fiction, there are only so many themes which can be explored/interpreted. There are themes in Lyrebird, which can be seen in classic novels Cecelia Ahern has just touched them in a different way as to suit her audience. An audience which may not be interested in reading classic novels such as Pride and Prejudice or Romeo and Juliet. Maybe, they would be interested in reading a modern day tale of a complicated love story, in which Lyrebird characters, Laura, Solomon and Bo explore with a confusing love triangle.
Cecelia Ahern is a well-known author of popular fiction, while most book reviewers would praise her for her ideas and writing style. Those are the supporters of popular fiction, who are aware that those who are on the platform for literary fiction, their minds will not be changed by authors such as Cecelia Ahern. Such The Irish Times, writer Sara Keating, despite a clear-cut review of Lyrebird. “Lyrebird will do nothing to convince literary snobs that popular fiction is worth greater attention, but it does showcase the genre at its best.” http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/lyrebird-review-cecelia-ahern-s-sophisticated-new-story-is-rooted-in-romance-1.2838546
Despite, the novel not falling clearly into literary it does not clearly belong to popular fiction. Keep following my posts and explore Cecelia Ahern and her latest work with me.
Next Week: Cecelia Ahern-Author Bio