I just found this interesting little article today.
JRR Tolkien, best known for some stories he wrote and now some long movies made from those very same stories, was nominated by his good friend CS Lewis (yes, the guy who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia…he and the LotR writer were BFFs) for a Nobel Prize.
He didn’t win; in fact, now that the Nobel documents have been released, one of the Nobel jury members even said that Tolkien’s work “has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality”.
I know, I know…
Even though I know that rejection and negativity are something writers should expect by default, it’s almost comforting to know that no matter what you write, someone will not “get” your story.