YMMV / Cormac McCarthy

  • Broken Base: The critics and praises rain for his works:
    • His writing style: a good use of train-of-thought writing style and pretty natural, or a big middle finger to Grammar Nazi readers (and editors)?
    • His stories: dark but showcasing a certain beauty, amazing Deconstruction of certain aspects of literature, or Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy fodder, so dark and dreary and nihilistic his worlds are, and so powerless the people who try to find a reason to live on, do good and be happy (on a daily, if not hourly basis) are?
    • His prose: Dark poetry, or Purple Prose that would make Jim Theis blush?
  • Doing It for the Art: He seems to take this view towards his writing career. Though he has always been critically acclaimed, his audience has expanded significantly since he started out, growing from just a few thousand readers to millions of them—but in spite of this, he claims that he'd be just as happy if he'd stayed relatively unknown, and that getting the chance to write is its own reward.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Crossing. The protagonists come across a man who has the eyes missing from his sockets. It is later explained to them that while he had been a prisoner they had been sucked out by a guard and left to dangle. When he was free he wandered as they dangled until they eventually dried like raisins and fell off.
    • The entirety of Blood Meridian and The Road.
  • Reclusive Artist: Prior to 2007, at least.