|Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize for|
Literature, looking just as surprised as everyone else.
I think I might have finally cracked how to deal with the aftermath of a major book prize. It's based on the five stages of grief and inspired by Episode 113 of The Readers. Bear with me; this is rough.
Denial: Who the hell is Writer X? I've never heard of them. That can't be right.
Anger: Why the hell did Writer X win? Why didn't Other Writer win? They deserve it more. What the hell were the judges thinking? The judges are so snobbish/pretentious/politically correct/illiterate/etc.
Bargaining: Well, if they're going to give the award to Writer X, then Other Writer should win next year. Or if Writer X gets this award, then Other Writer should get Other Major Prize.
Depression: My favorite writers never win. I just don't care anymore.
Acceptance: Ooo, I wonder who's going to win Major Prize this year?
At least, that's how it goes for me.