Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Orange Prize Longlist

I was visiting new blogger, Rose City Reader, where I read her post about the Orange Prize. The Orange Prize is an award given to the best novel in English written by a woman. I agree with Rose City Reader's opinion: Why do we need a special prize just for women?! Can you imagine the hubbub that would arise if there was a Tangerine Prize for the best novel in English written by a man? In an effort to rid the world of discrimination, have we become too tolerant of reverse discrimination?

Now that I've said that, let me say that I love this button that the Orange Prize uses on their website.Finally, the titles of the book on the 2008 longlist are interesting, they entreat me to read them all.


Cardine said...

I agree with you about the discrimination. It's not even reverse discrimination. It's good ole favoring of one group over another discrimination!

In reality I'm okay with people making a division among people based on various factors. It just seems so unnecessary in most cases.

Andi said...

I'm reading a title that made the long list (Sorry, by Gail Jones), and I have to say...not blowing my skirt up. Hmmphf. I hope some of the others are better.

Dewey said...

I don't agree at all, I'm afraid. I think that saying this is like when I hear (racist) people askng why there's a black history month when there's no white history month. The short answer is that all the rest of the months are white history months, or they have traditionally been. Literary prizes were long awarded only to men. We create prizes for women and focus months for black people as a way to attempt to bring attention to traditionally marginalized group. If men in the past had needed to disguise themselves as women in order to get their writing published, then and only then would I think that your friend's question would be a valid one.

Booklogged said...

Cardine, you're right, it's not reverse discrimination. Sometimes distinctions do need to be made. In literature we have Jewish, Christian, etc. Maybe we should have an award for the best literature written by men. I'd be fine if we had an award for women and another for men.

Andi, I've discovered award winning books don't always speak to most of us.

Dewey, I appreciate all that you said and I agree, but I don't think we can fix the past by punishing those in the present. That's like saying whites today should pay for the sins of our parents, or that Germany should be looked down on because of Hitler. It's true that there was horrible discrimination against women in the past, but do we fix that by discriminating against men today?

I love a good discussion and this certainly provides for one doesn't it.

Cardine said...

Yeah, I agree with you that we don't need to try to make up for mistakes of the past by making mistakes today.

Anonymous said...

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In fact, Disney and Walden are coming up with the latest Narnia movie-Prince Caspian, this May 16th. It promises to be awesome by the looks of the trailer. The very hot Ben Barnes is playing the character of Prince Caspian!! I am soo awaiting this release.