Deep Secret ( Was Re: On Being a Hot Babe (was Re: Hexwood --Catchup)

Ania theania at
Fri Mar 15 12:10:49 EST 2002

> My theory is that this type crops up frequently because of readership
> concerns.  Say you divide readers into very rough groups of Good Childhood
> and Bad Childhood, and assume that the main character is the one the
> reader's meant to identify with.  (After reading _The Biographer's Tale_ I
> have trouble using that phrase with a straight face, but never mind.)  If
> the main character has a good childhood, the kids who have had the same
> think nothing of it, but the kids who haven't will possibly feel resentful
> and put off.  If the main character has had a dysfunctional childhood, the
> first group will feel sympathy and relief that they haven't suffered, and
> the second will think it's "realistic."

Yeah, good points. I suppose that if I were insecure, I'd be getting
paranoid - (so now we're boring, too?). But I'm not. And happy characters
can be interesting and sympathetic. Like Rupert. Or the Moomintrolls.

> Darn tootin'.  I think DWJ, and other writers who write about messed-up
> kids, usually do so from personal experience.  But the publication ratio
> makes it seem that these experiences are not only the majority, they're
> norm.  I'd like to see more books that reflect the way *I* grew up.  I
> the portrayal of Rupert's brother Will's family for that reason.

Hear, hear.

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