When You’re Writing An Essay About Your Dad’s Novel…
Let’s say your dad’s a famous novelist. Let’s say you’re taking a literature class and your professor asks you to write an essay on your dad’s novel—presumably, without knowing about your dad.
Do you ask your dad for help writing the essay?
Ian McEwan’s son did when he was given the assignment of writing an essay about his dad’s novel, Enduring Love.
The funny part? He got a C on the essay because the professor disagreed with his interpretation of the novel.
As Ian McEwan explains it:
“I gave him some key points…and he got a very low mark. It was C or below. I think quite wrongly because, correct me if I’m wrong, I don’t know how one should mark sixth-form papers but it’s from the presentation of the ideas, not the ideas themselves. I think one of his tutors thought the stalker in enduring love carried the authorial moral center of the novel, whereas I thought he was a complete madman.”
You have to wonder if McEwan’s son ever went back to his professor and said, “Well, you know, my dad’s the author of the book and he said…”
To watch the full clip, go over to The Guardian.