- 'Five Point Someone' to be part of English literature syllabus
- He will be a part of the 'popular fiction' section: reports
- Author says he is honoured, Twitter criticises the supposed move
Am honoured DU added my books to their course. Literature is about being open minded, reading the classics as well as the contemporary.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 23, 2017
According to a post shared by a Delhi University student, his 2004 book "Five Point Someone" will be part of the 'Popular Fiction' section of the syllabus. Some other authors in the section are Louisa M Alcott, Agatha Christie and JK Rowling. A comment on the post says that the book is part of suggestions for new English literature syllabus and has been sent to colleges for feedback.
Meanwhile on Twitter, many questioned the supposed proposal to include Chetan Bhagat's book in the new syllabus. The author said critics who said his books were not 'good literature' have failed.
Elitistaan theories trying to diss me and literary value of my books have failed miserably with DU adding my books to their course. Sorry.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 23, 2017
To me good literature is writing that actually touches people, whether in the past or now. It isn't something an elitist club decides.— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 23, 2017
But people on Twitter were unforgiving in their opinion
#FivePointSomeone— Jai Patil (@crackingnoose) April 24, 2017
I hv read 5 Point Someone. Does that entitle me to at least half a degree in English Lit from the DU ? What next ?
#Fivepointsomeone in university syllabus?! That's odd. Why bound expectations to 5?! Take it even lower & see if 'someones' can be built.— TeapotIdeas (@Teapotideas) April 24, 2017
#ChetanBhagat's book to be part of DU eng. Lit. Syllabus. And I thought english literature was knowledge. Lol DU— Ravneet Singh (@babaSpeak) April 24, 2017
Chetan Bhagat sahab got the reward!— Anjum Alam (@anjumaalam) April 24, 2017
Good for Chetan ! But, bad for literature & worse for English;(#ChetanBhagat
And yeh bomb #DU par phatt chuka hai.Wtf DU.#ChetanBhagathttps://t.co/6B14IeXU8O— Saumya Kulshreshtha (@Saumyakul) April 24, 2017
Chetan Bhagat's FivePointSomeone incl in Eng Lit. in Delhi Univ. I reckon the univ didn't feel other novels worthwhile . #chetanbhagat— Vidhyalakshmi J (@vidhyalakshmij) April 24, 2017
@chetan_bhagat It doesn't raise your level by an inch, rather it diminishes whatever level DU ever had!!!— praveen bavadekar (@psbavadekar) April 23, 2017
Chetan Bhagat has written nine books, many of which have been bestsellers since their release. Some of his books have also made into Bollywood films. The author has been at the receiving end of criticism for his books. Many say his books lack literary value.
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