Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature…WHAT!?

I see no reason to sugarcoat the fact that I hate this.

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature yesterday. The committee got it wrong. One can list all of his accomplishments but it wouldn’t change that he shouldn’t have even been considered for the award. There are music awards. There are songwriting awards. There are sales awards and records. So why are we giving this man a literary award!?

What really irks me is that any knowledgeable reader could list quite a few authors who are plenty deserving of this award. But I won’t do that. There’s no point. I’ll only list one. Haruki Murakami. The list starts and ends with him. His work doesn’t need me to defend it because it stands well enough on its own merit.

So now we have a songwriter/musician with a Nobel Prize in Literature but one of the most influential and revered authors of the 20th century still doesn’t. Sounds about right.

Tell me your thoughts. 

10 thoughts on “Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature…WHAT!?

  1. I just read a friend’s post with the opposite reaction to yours. I haven’t really given it much thought. I think it’s because my reading tends towards material that would never be considered Nobel worthy and, to be completely honest, my lack of knowledge of most of Dylan’s work. On the surface it does seem odd, though.


      • While the average person may not care about it, it is still one of the largest awards for the community as a whole. It’s like politics. Electing a leader for a country is a big deal and yet TONS of people don’t vote. But when you have a horrible leader the country is still effected whether they voted or not, they are still effected by the outcome.

        The writing community is still effected by this outcome because a MESSAGE was sent. And plenty readers don’t like what the message had to say. We might not notice when writers are getting awarded for writing awards because we’re busy trying to run our businesses, but it’s plain to see that when writers are NOT awarded for writing awards we sit up and take plenty of notice. And yeah, feel cheated.


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