Spare me the Misery Lit! Finally, a judge that says what all readers have been thinking.

The Orange Prize for Fiction is a $45,000 award presented annually to a female writer.  On Friday the judges announced the long list of those in the running for the 2010 prize this week.

Author Daisy Godwin, chair of the Orange Prize judging panel, then caused a bit of dash of controversy by spilling her beans to the Independent. In essence though, she simply said what we’ve ALL been thinking.  Women write way too much “misery literature.”

She told the Independent:

There was very little wit, and no jokes. If I read another sensitive account of a woman coming to terms with bereavement, I was going to slit my wrists.

The misery memoir has transformed into misery literature.

The pleasure of reading counts for something. I don’t think editors think enough about this pleasure [when they publish a book]. The reader gets forgotten, and the absorption and pleasure of reading.

Thankfully, we at Far Away Books, never forget reading is first and foremost for pleasure.

The 15 long listed  Orange Prize titles are . . . .

“Savage Lands” by Clare Clark

“Hearts and Minds” by Amanda Craig
“The Way Things Look to Me” by Roopa Farooki

“The Twisted Heart” by Rebecca Gowers

“This is How” by M.J. Hyland

“Small Wars” by Sadie Jones

“The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver

Secret Son” by Laila Lalami

“The Long Song” by Andrea Levy

Black Water Rising” by Attica Locke

Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel

“The Wilding” by Maria McCann

“Black Mamba Boy” by Nadifa Mohamed

“A Gate at the Stairs” by Lorrie Moore

“The White Woman on the Green Bicycle” by Monique Roffey

“The Still Point” by Amy Sackville

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

“The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters

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