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DeviantART has long prided itself on providing a community for both visual and literary artists. To this end, they are arguably the biggest and best on the Internet, home to millions upon millions of works bridging the gap from the beginner’s first step to the professional’s masterpiece. Yet, as with all art communities, deviantART is community-driven, and there are noticeable problems in the way that this works in practice, the most glaring of which is the disturbing lack of recognition for good prose-writers.

A simple glance at the Popular Prose section reveals what deviantART really reads. Chapters from fan-fiction serials. Scripts for anime-esque stories. Every once in awhile, a comedy selection might creep into the upper echelons of daily viewing, but this small victory seems restricted to that one genre.

A check of the Popular Poetry section reveals a similar unbalance, with largely dark and unoriginal works taking the spotlight. Clearly, the only poems worth reading are those written by a thirteen-year-old who has experienced enough of love to realize that it’s nothing but a gaping hole of death, somehow relative to a black rose and blood.

This is partly stereotypical, and for those who actually do write fantastic melancholic poetry or vibrant fan-fictions (and there certainly are some out there), I apologize if this seems particularly barbed. Nonetheless, this severe unbalance shadows that diversity which should be the remarkable feature of any true community of writers. Because of the focus on these particular aspects, the present-day heirs to Romanticism and Realism are forgotten. Philosophic works remain within a tight circle instead of spreading to the rest of the community.

And what is the solution? Can there even be one? Without a widespread of movement, and a conscious effort of many to search out works outside of the comfortable genre, nothing will be done. The community will continue its stagnant trend, ever-growing in size but never getting healthier. Unless we unite as a community and retrain our focus from the familiar to art itself, many will be forced to rely upon specialized groups, which are merely smaller mirrors of this same problem. If we ever do attain this state of balance for all artists, the community’s artistic talent will flourish. And indeed, that is why we are here, is it not?
A problem I've long noticed on deviantART.

If you have any thoughts at all on this issue, I would love hearing them.
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XlightsxandxshadowsX Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! Someone else noticed!

I can't even go into the fiction section anymore because I know that I won't find anything original. It seems like it has mostly become the place for people to put their Hetalia and Naruto fanfics. They don't even seem to realize that there is a section specifically for fanfics!

It's so annoying. I mean, they can write fanfics if they want, I just want them to put in the correct area.

Anyway, good job! It seems like there's a lot of people on here who just don't notice it.
GermanMickey Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008   Photographer
i agree and disagree. being a writer of both fanfiction and original works, i able to see both sides of the argument. people write fanfiction to express their love over already made charaters. plus, it's a great starting place for beginning writers. i understand what you are saying about original writers not getting enough recognition. that is very true, but you must understand how the trends of today are. and about your comment on the 13 year old girl, this site is a place to express yourself. some people express it in different ways.
please correct me if i'm wrong in any way. i'm new to this site, so i haven't really explored all the types of stories, but that's my opinion from being on other sites.
Mackenzie001 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
I think part of the problem is that many people are losing the idea of writing and reading as fun. It is, but that isn't what's being emphasized today. Schools, media, everyday citizens, are throwing out over-analytical garbage to the public and getting just as much thrown back. No one should look at a book like, oh, say, Catch-22 or Hitchhikers Guide with the purpose of finding deeper meaning; true, much of it is satire, but first it's entertainment.

"...Thirteen-year-old who has experienced enough of love to realize that it’s nothing but a gaping hole of death, somehow relative to a black rose and blood."
I empathize with both the thirteen-year-old and you yourself on this. A lot of people use DeviantArt as a place to "express themselves." Nothing wrong with it; as ludicrous as the idea seems that an adolescent can have enough life experience to write meaningful literature on controversial topics like love, they need an outlet.
I don't think, however, that their venting should be placed under the guise of art.

As for a solution....isn't the only thing we can do is to take our works seriously, take other's works seriously, and avoid the temptation to find the deep connection between the author's use of the color red and that "subtle" comment they made about how crappy their life is.
thEpErson8982 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
I agree with that, how are we going to get artistic opinions and/or support if no one knows about it? It would be hard to even progress in writing greater pieces without advice or inspiration from others...
Riverstar33 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
Very true! Being a writer is hard on dA but when there is recognition I appreciate it all the more.
I find I get alot of page veiws, comments and feedback when I put up a photo and pretty much nothing for a song/poem/story... I don't think there is an answer, people just can't be bothered reading.
cberman Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
Very true. Genius in a photograph can be usually be recognized almost immediately, but genius in the form of literature takes time to digest and analyse, and the care necessary for that is becoming increasingly scarce in the younger generation.

Thanks for the comment. =)
LizzieBlack Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
But I have another argument which I bet you're more comfortable with, since you like philosophy. You must know or heard of Plato's "Republic". Well in that book there's the myth of the cave. So if you remember correctly, it talked about people in a cave, bound, watching shadows from a fire far away from them, and they thought that fire was the truth, the only reality. And if they were to be forced to come out of the cave and see the sunlight, they would be blinded by it, and very many would return to the safety of the cave.
Now you may want to say that this is a century old myth, and that humanity has evolved since then, but think about it. There couldn't have been many people throughout the history who have really seen the wonders outside the "cave", and those couldn't bring back their knowledge to make the others understand it. So why do you believe that today, most of the people live in the world outside the cave, and have refused the shadows? Because that is a very naive thought, since people are always scared of what they do not know, and despise those things.

I'm not sorry for being persistent or, basically, a pain in the a**, and I won't mind if you'd actually have a good argument for arguing my "the world is stupid" theory :)
cberman Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
"High literature", the stuff they teach in schools, is, by definition, an analysis of human nature. Considering that all of us are participating in human nature, the only two impediments that can keep us from understanding the texts are lingual difficulties (which, considering the translating fervor of the modern age, isn't near as much a problem as it used to be), and linguistic difficulties.

Further, by nature, linguistic difficulties are easily resolved by proper education and determination. Proper education can be readily obtained anywhere that books exist, even if the school itself be lower-class. The determination might be the only facet that a student might not readily possess.

In other words, if a student wants to know what literature is all about, they can know. If they don't want to know, they don't have to.
LizzieBlack Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I can argue on that one. In our class, the level they teach us is pretty high, even German literature is very much debated. Now the only thing I can say is that some of my classmates pretty much fall asleep during our German classes. And I am not kidding.
cberman Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Your classmates might not constitute an sampling of the majority.
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