Award season in among us and we here at The Literati have been busy reading many of these novels; two of which in this issue have been short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize. With every literature award that comes around annually, there is much to discuss about the complexities of the novels and whether or not the majority of reviewers and readers alike believe particular books should have been shortlisted or nominated in the first place. It is something to witness in the book community – the sheer ferocity that can occur sometimes feels as if we are watching The Olympics: knuckles white with anticipation, cheering your favourite intensely until there is a winner declared. We admire the authors that have been nominated and claimed the prizes this season. It is great to see debate and discussion in a community that feels overlooked at times. At The Literati, we want nothing more than to introduce and discuss literature we find fascinating.
This issue, although our smallest, is packed with pieces on interesting literature, such as exploring the greatly polarizing Twilight, taking a journey into erotic literature and its importance, continuing diagnosing Patrick Bateman of American Psycho, and much more. We also have several pieces from a talented up-and-coming poet that we hope you will enjoy. What we have been pleased with the most during this journey of creating The Literati is engaging with our readers. There has been a tremendous amount of engagement, which only motivates us to keep on bringing the best quality that we can create to you. Our passion for literature has grown since creating The Literati because of readers like you, who further prove that we are on the right path by creating interesting discourse on many subjects. We have learned much from each and every one of you, and we can only hope to learn more. As auto-didactics and forever-students, literature provides us with a piece of knowledge that we have been craving, but engaging with fellow readers and thinkers, that piece turns into a whole. Our understanding of literature has been broaden and challenged in ways we could have previously only dreamt of. So thank you for challenging and engaging us with your thoughts and interpretations on literature, which without we would not be here. With that, please enjoy your time here on The Literati.