One of my favorite films of 2007 wasÂ “Ratatouille”, about the rat who dreams of being a chef.Â Â Toward the end of the film, there’s a quote that resonated with me as a writer.Â It’sÂ spoken by the fictional food critic Anton Ego.Â It’s worth printing and hanging on your wall, to comfort you whenever those lousy reviews come your way:Â
“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy.
We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.
But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.”
— Anton Ego, “Ratatouille”