To Be the Critic
Posted by LizzyBeth
We all hate the critics. Those persons…dare we even say “persons?” They are more like vultures, who take our favorite book, movie, or TV show and rip it to shreds, leaving it (and us) holding onto the bleeding threads of our dignity as we cry out, “You lie!”
Ok…a bit dramatic, but I don’t think the feeling is too far off.
However, we all like to be critics. (Wait, what?)
Yup. You and I like to sit around and discuss our favorite books, movies, or TV shows like we actually know what we are taking about. I’ll go ahead and make a mickey out of my superhero loving friends. Want to see a heated argument about silly and inconsequential things? Listen to them debate the nuances of the new Avengers movie. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled about the movie. I see trailers for it and I squeal with glee and do a happy dance. But the critiquing, the superior knowledge, the banter! I’ll be honest, I am part of the crowd. I love it. I think that is why I love studying English literature.
However, I found a “new” old word that got me thinking…
Criticaster – a petty or inferior critic, used in contempt. (Sir James Murray’s New English Dictionary, 1893)*
How often am I so quick to criticize that I become the criticaster? It is a frightening thought really. I want what I have to say, my opinions and thoughts regarding topics I am interested in, to be taken seriously. What if they aren’t? What if what I have to say really isn’t that important or novel? What if I come across as a criticaster? This is where learning to be articulate, doing research and practicing the art of listening will come in handy.
It is not simply a matter of having something to say, it is about having something to say that is worth while.
*Jeffrey Kacirk, Forgotten English, 2011
About LizzyBethThere is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.
Posted on February 10, 2012, in Editing, Humor, Language, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Literary Criticism, Rachel Burkholder, Superheroes, Words, Writing Hints and Helps and tagged Criticaster, Criticism, Critics, Jeffrey Kacirk. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.