[DWJ] characters losing their memories

deborah.dwj at suberic.net deborah.dwj at suberic.net
Tue Jan 15 12:06:20 EST 2008

On Tue, 15 Jan 2008, Roger Burton West wrote:
> Even then, I don't particularly mind if it's done at the _beginning_ of
> the book - "Here's a story my grandmother told me when I was little",
> say. It's when it's suddenly sprung on one at the end - or, worse, when
> speculation about the level of fictionality becomes part of the
> metastory, as in the recent television series _Life on Mars_ ("has he
> really travelled in time or is he just hallucinating while unconscious
> in hospital") - that I find it objectionable.

Does it make any difference if at least some part of it is
guaranteed to be real within the fiction? For example, in Life on
Mars, I don't think there's any question that *Sam*  is a real
character within the fiction who is genuinely experiencing the
things we see on screen. The only question is whether the
experiences are the result of time travel or hallucination.

Let me remember this, please, when everything else
goes let me remember a goddess laughing after love.
 		-- _The Folk of the Air_

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